Hamas leader: US, Israel to give nothing to Palestinians

Published June 24th, 2007 - 03:51 GMT

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Palestinian government dismissed by President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month, dismissed Israel's decision to free funds to Abbas as "bribery" and said "resistance" was the only way forward.

 

"America will not give us anything. The occupation will not give us anything. Our rights and lands will only return to us by steadfastness and resistance," Haniyeh said in his first major speech since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip earlier this month.

 

On his part, Abbas said Sunday that he had received assurances from Washington and Tel Aviv that Israel is ready to make progress at Monday's summit in Egypt, the official Jordanian news agency Petra reported. Abbas was speaking after a closed-door meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman.

 

When asked if Israel was ready to make any offers in Sharm, Abbas told Petra: "I received promises from American and Israeli sides." "What's more important is to implement these promises on the ground," he said.

However, Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought to play down expectations ahead of the summit. "We have an interest in having this meeting, but I don't want anyone to think we're on the brink of a dramatic breakthrough," Olmert told his Cabinet, according to a meeting participant.

 

 

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