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In a telephone conversation [today] held several hours after announcement of the agreement to form a Hamas-Fatah government, senior Palestinian official Nabil Sha’ath told IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis) that the unity government will take complete responsibility for the management of the Gaza Strip and West Bank and not just preparations for the elections.
IMRA asked Sha’ath if that responsibility included responsibility for security matters and Sha’ath responded that it would be responsible for all matters.
IMRA asked Sha’ath if the unity government would be responsible for the thousands of rockets and missiles now deployed in the Gaza Strip.
Sha’ath replied: “What missiles? This is propaganda. What about all the Israeli missiles?”
IMRA noted that Hamas is proud of the missiles they possess and that they have released video clips of launchings.
Sha’ath ended the conversation.
About the Author: Dr. Lerner is the Director of IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis).
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