PA Chief Abbas: Hamas Leader Mashaal Is a Liar

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - PA President Mahmoud Abbas complained to the emir of Qatar during a recent meeting in Doha about Hamas' attempt to stage a coup against his regime in the West Bank, the Hizbullah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Monday. Abbas reportedly told the emir that Hamas has been working to bring down the PA ever since its establishment. Abbas also accused Hamas of being behind the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last June. Abbas was quoted as saying: "When I asked Mashaal [about the murder of the three youths], he replied: 'I don't know.' Then he told me, 'I neither deny nor confirm.' Lies and beating around the bush." Abbas added, "Hamas' goal is to destroy the West Bank and create chaos in order to stage a coup against us." He claimed that top Hamas operative Saleh Arouri, who is based in Turkey, and a Jordan-based Hamas operative nicknamed Jawad were behind the coup. He noted that in 2006 Hamas had tried to assassinate him by placing explosives along the route his convoy used in Gaza.

2014-09-02 00:00:00

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