Mashaal: PA will collapse if boycott continues

Sunday, November 19, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Head of the Hamas political wing Khaled Mashaal spoke to the Egyptian Al-Haram newspaper on Sunday and said that if the international boycott on the Palestinian Authority is not lifted, it will collapse, resulting in something opposite of what they intended.

Mashaal, who is based in Damascus, said that once the Palestinian unity government is established, it would be a mistake not to lift the financial, material, and political boycott on the Palestinian Authority.

"If they continue in the path of starvation and pressure against the moderate Palestinian forces, they will come out losers and find themselves facing a result opposite the one they had hoped for," Mashaal told Al-Haram.

Mashaal added that despite some positive signs that some sanctions might be lifted, these signs are still insufficient. He also added that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other elements are currently working with the Quartet on a formula to ease the sanctions and support the new proposed unity government in the Palestinian Authority.

According to the latest developments in the talks about establishing the Palestinian unity government, it will be made up as a blend of ministers from Hamas, Fatah, and other small factions, as well as a limited number of ministers which will have no political affiliation and will satisfy the definition of “technocrats” to balance between the professional and political appointments.

But despite the positive outlook into the prospects of stability in the Palestinian government and a possibility of the boycott being lifted, Mashaal also reminded that their government will never recognize Israel’s right to exist.

"Hamas will never recognize Israel, even if a Palestinian state is set up," he said. "Which right do we have to acknowledge the legitimacy of the occupation? It is also forbidden to submit to American and Israeli logic. If any Arab country had occupied land like we do they would have acted like us," he said.

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