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Iran Accused Of Interference By Palestinian Leader Abbas And Egypt

Published Wednesday, June 20, 2007



Paris, 21 June (IPS) Tehran acknowledged Wednesday indirectly accusations by both the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister on its devastating role in the recent Palestinians bloody fratricide fight, proclaiming the new Abbas appointed cabinet as “illegal”.

In an unprecedented attack on the Palestinian islamist organization Hamas, Mr. Abbas, alias Abou Mazen, accused the Organisation of trying to set up its own state in Gaza alone, a step he said would scuttle Palestinian hopes for independence. He said he had tried to prevent the conflict through "continuous dialogue."

Mr. Abbas also accused some “foreign countries” of involvement in the inter-Palestinian conflict.

“Instead, we are seeing assassination of leaders of Palestinian security and Fatah in Gaza", he said, adding: "The PLO flag is being trampled beneath Hamas's feet".

As Hamas almost ended “cleansing” Gaza from Fattah supporters, Mr. Abbas dismantled the Palestinian Government under the premiership of Esma’il Hanniyeh of Hamas and appointed former Finance Minister Salaam Fayaz to form a new government in Ramallah, West Bank.

Mr. Hanniyeh, a moderate in the Iran-Syria-backed Hamas, was named Prime Minister by Mr. Abbas after his Organisation won a comfortable majority against Fattah in legislative elections more than a year ago.

But because he refused to recognize Israel and adhere to earlier agreements between the late Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat and the Jewish State, Washington, the European Union, Israel and several moderate Arab countries cut all financial and other assistance to the new government.

In his speech broadcast by Palestinian radios and televisions, Mr. Abbas also accused some “foreign countries” of involvement in the inter-Palestinian conflict that, in more than ten days of bloody fights, killed more than 100 Palestinians and wounded more than 500 from each side.

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Though Abou Mazen did not name any country, but political analysts immediately pointed their fingers at the direction of Tehran, the main banker for Hamas and Damascus, from where arms coming from Iran reach the islamist militants.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 201 Iranian lawmakers announced their opposition to the new Palestinian Government of Mr. Fayaz, stating that they “only recognize as legal the Hamas Government”.

“The surprise statement is a flagrant interference in the internal affairs on another country. It also confirms Iranian involvement in the Palestinian tragedy, as stated by Mr. Abbas”, one Arab political analyst told Iran Press Service, asking for anonymity.

According to Iranian legislators, the internal fight between Hamas and Fattah supporters is “a premeditated plot by a handful of supporters of peace with Israel, backed by Israel and the United States, aimed at toppling the legal and popular Government of Mr. Henniyeh”.

They also denounced the support of some “reactionary Arab countries” in creating the Fattah-Hamas fighting.

Not only the Islamic Republic does not recognize Israel, but also its present fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad has expressed his determination to “wipe off” the Jewish State from the world map.

201 Iranian lawmakers announced thy only recognize as legal the Hamas Government of Mr. Esma'il Hanniyeh.

Since the West and Israel cut all their assistance to the Hamas Government, Iran alone gave the Organisation more than 300 million US Dollars in cash and with the help of Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah, managed to provide Hamas with sophisticated light to medium light arms, analysts noted.

"It's a fight between the national project and this small kingdom they want to establish in Gaza, the backward kingdom of Gaza, between those who are using assassination and killing to achieve their goals, and those who are using the rules of law", Mr. Abbas further said.

“What the Iranian ayatollahs are up to is to create a mix of a mini Islamic Republic and a Hezbollah in Gaza”, the Arab political analyst said.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri rejected Abbas' statements. "What he said was disgusting and not appropriate for the Palestinian president," the Hamas official said. "The president [Abbas] has harmed himself with his words".

In Egypt meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit accused Iran of having encouraged Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to seize neighbouring Gaza and said it posed a threat to the Arab world.

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"Iran's policies encouraged Hamas to do what it has done in Gaza and this represents a threat for Egypt's national security because Gaza is a stone's throw from Egypt", the Minister said in an exclusive interview with Al-Masri Al-Yom newspaper.

"The Iranian influence in Iraq also represents a threat for Egyptian and Arab national security. This obliges Cairo to restrict its relations with Tehran", which were already broken off in 1980, Mr. Abul Gheit said.

Tehran severed ties after its 1979 Islamic revolution in protest at Egypt's peace treaty with Israel and for having hosted the toppled Shah of Iran. The two countries have since had only interests sections in each other's capital.

َ Abbas accused Hamas’s top leader, the Damascus-based Khaled Masha’al, a frequent visitor to Iranian Capital, of having planned an attempt against his life when he planned a visit to Gaza a month ago, digging a tunnel under a road where his car was to pass and trying to fill it with 250 kilograms of explosives.

He said he viewed a video showing a group of Hamas militants as they were discussing a plot to plant the bomb on the route to his Gaza office. “Masha’al was to have given the final okay to detonate the bomb as his convoy was passing by”, he charged, adding that he has sent a copy of the video to Arab leaders. ENDS IRAN PALESTINE 21607

 

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As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at http://wwwdamavandsafa.blogspot.com


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In a strongly worded speech against Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas also accused some foreign countries for involvment in inter-Palestinian killings.



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