GAZA, September 14, 2011 (WAFA) – Senior Hamas official, Ahmad Yousef, said that Hamas will not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s initiative to the United Nations, but will only watch and wait for the results.
Yousef told WAFA that “Hamas’ position regarding the bid is neutral. We will not oppose a move that might be fruitful for Palestinians.”
He said that the bid is a popular issue that is important to all Palestinians, yet the way Fatah dealt with it without consulting Hamas is the reason behind Hamas’ lack of participation.
Palestinians are divided regarding the bid due to legal fears of jeopardizing refugees’ right of return, he said.
He explained that such fears might not be necessary, considering that the bid does not affect refugees' rights, which are guaranteed by UN General Assembly Resolution 194.
Yousef said that if US vetoes the Palestinian request to join UN “it will be its own loss,” pointing out the US must change its policies because it will affect its image in the region.
'Abbas’ point of view regarding the Palestinian reconciliation is that Fatah and Hamas have come quite a way and there will be no harm in postponing it in order to focus on the Palestinian initiative,' he said.He said regarding the deteriorating economic situation in Gaza because of the five-year-old Israeli blockade that “everyone is suffering, but that’s the price of freedom.”
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