Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Arab reporters in Cairo on Saturday that the unity deal he signed with the Hamas is on the brink of collapse. The issue is that the terrorist group is not willing to give up power in the Gaza Strip.
The "National Post" reported Abbas as saying:
We will not accept having a partnership if their status in Gaza remains this way,” Abbas said. "Unity has terms. This situation does not represent any kind of unity. If Hamas does not want one authority, one law, one weapon, we will not accept a partnership with it.” Abbas said that as long as Hamas remains in control of Gaza, he added, “the government of national unity can do nothing on the ground.
Abbis also confirmed rumored reports of an angry meeting he had with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal in Qatar on August 21, in which he slammed the Hamas leader for his organization's coup attempt against Abbas in Judea and Samaria.
"You are smuggling weapons, explosives and money to the (West) Bank - and not to fight Israel, but to hold a coup against the (Palestinian) Authority," Abbas reportedly said in his tirade on Mashaal."
Abbas also struck down the Hamas claims about the civilian death toll in the recent war with Israel.
"Hamas says the number of dead from their ranks didn't go past 50, when in actuality over 850 Hamas members and their family members were killed."
Hamas's health ministry has claimed just slightly over 2,000 Gazans dead in the operation. Given that, Abbas's figure, which didn't include the number of killed terrorists from other groups such as Islamic Jihad, would support Israeli reports placing the ratio of civilian to terrorist casualties at roughly 1:1, an almost unprecedented achievement in urban warfare.