President Mahmoud Abbas Caught in Militant Squeeze Play
There’s no safe base for Abbas…
Palestinian militant groups demanded that President Abbas apologize for condemning the terror attack yesterday in Tel Aviv that killed 9 Israelis,
“Because of his condemnation of terror, he has harmed the people and must apologize!”
A number of armed factions have demanded that Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas apologise after his fierce condemnation of an Islamic Jihad suicide attack in Tel Aviv.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Several armed factions of Palestinian militants demanded that President Abbas apologize for harm done to the people:
“We demand that brother Abu Mazen (Abbas) apologise to the Palestinian people for the harm that he has done,” said a joint statement read out by a masked militant at a press conference in Gaza City.
The statement was signed by the Popular Resistance Committees and three cells of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, an armed offshoot of Abbas’s own Fatah faction.
Abbas had strongly denounced Monday’s bombing in Tel Aviv, which left nine people dead as well as the bomber, calling it “a despicable act which harms the struggle of the Palestinian people.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, center, surrounded by guards, briefs the media outside his residence in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Monday, April 17, 2006. Abbas condemned Monday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv and said he ordered Palestinian security forces to prevent any more attacks. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Meanwhile the Hamas-led Government accused President Abbas of seeking its collapse:
Tensions between the radical Islamist group and the moderate Palestinian Authority president have threatened to erupt ever since Hamas routed Abbas’s Fatah faction in January parliamentary elections and then formed its first ever cabinet.
But with the government unable to pay salaries of its employees nor exert control over the Fatah-dominated security forces, Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya claims Abbas is now pulling the rug out from under his administration.
Visiting the Jabaliya refugee camp in Hamas’s Gaza Strip stronghold, Haniya on Friday implicitly criticised Abbas by accusing the last Fatah government of leading the Palestinian Authority to the verge of bankruptcy.
It’s not a good day to be sitting President of a community of armed terrorists with no money.
Wizbang adds this on the terror strike from yesterday:
“There you have it. Two official spokesmen for the Palestinian government have reaffirmed all the previous Hamas statements, that a formal state of war exists. No words of condemnation, no pledges to prevent further acts of aggression, just a simple restatement of the long-held Hamas belief that Israel needs to be obliterated.”