Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, said Tuesday that his Movement filed a lawsuit against Mahmoud Abbas for telling lies and rumors about Hamas, categorically denying that his Movement suggested a presidential and legislative extension for several years.They're like, "Come on, Mahmoud, join the reality-based community!"
In a press statement to Al-Jazeera net, Dr. Zahhar noted that the lawsuit was filed after Abbas fabricated lies about the escape of Hamas leaders to Egypt during Israel’s war on Gaza.
He added that the charges were pressed with Gaza courts, but he ruled out that the Palestinian prosecutor in the West Bank will summon Abbas for questioning because of the current circumstances.
Abbas during his speech on Tuesday before the central committee of the Palestine liberation organization (PLO) fabricated another lie saying that Hamas had offered him a secret deal to extend his term of office and the mandate of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC) for three to four years.
For its part, the Movement of Hamas stated Tuesday that Abbas’s speech was full of contradictions and lies, and misled the public opinion.
In a press release, Hamas added that Abbas miserably attempted to hold it responsible for obstructing national reconciliation ignoring that he and Fatah leaders are the parties responsible for not reaching an agreement because of their insistence on the recognition of the international quartet’s terms and their refusal to release all political prisoners from their jails.
Hamas underscored that it rejects the extension of the presidential and legislative terms of office as a substitute for elections, pointing out that Abbas was the one who pursued the policy of extension when he stayed in office for five years in violation of the Palestinian basic law which sets a term limit to four years for the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Hamas called on Abbas to have the courage to declare the failure of his negotiations, to stop his security coordination with the Israeli occupation and to end the political arrest in the West Bank.
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