EU Officials Hold Secret Talks With Hamas Terrorists
J-Post writer Khaled Abu Toameh reported that the European Union was holding secret talks with Hamas:
EU security officials have been conducting secret talks with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip over the past few weeks, Palestinian Authority officials told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
The PA officials did not reveal the identity of the visitors, except to say that they belonged to three EU intelligence services.
The Europeans are said to have met with top Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar, as well as Ahmed Yusef, political adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
Sources close to Hamas confirmed that EU officials had visited the Gaza Strip recently for talks focusing on security-related issues.
According to the sources, the Hamas leaders urged the EU representatives to work to end the boycott of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, and to pressure Israel to reopen the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.
“We hope these talks will be the first step toward ending the boycott of Hamas, which came to power in a free and democratic election,” the sources told the Post. “There is growing awareness among the Europeans of the fact that Hamas can’t be ignored as a major player in the Palestinian arena.”
An EU spokeswoman denied knowledge of the meetings.