He said: “What is needed now is to deal with the Palestinian schism. Hamas is for Arab sponsorship of a dialogue in the Palestinian national interest.
“The lack of security drove the crisis toward explosion. What happened in Gaza was a necessary step. The people were suffering from chaos and lack of security and this treatment was needed.”
Before the announcement of Fayyad as his replacement on Friday, Haniya said he remained open to dialogue with Abbas.
“If you ask me Fatah and Hamas are the same: both seek power and both want to obtain it through violence“
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He said: “I still stress that the door is open to restructure Palestinian relations on the basis of national values.”
He called his dismissal and the declaration of a state of emergency on Thursday “hasty”.
“We do not know how they will be able to fund the government, how they will bring in food and supplies or how they will be able to have any influence in the West Bank.”
|Meshaal said on Friday that Hamas had no
option but to wrest control of Gaza [AFP]
Portraits of Abbas and his predecessor, the late Yasser Arafat, lay on the ground as Hamas fighters showed reporters pools of blood where they said two of Abbas’s guards shot themselves rather than surrender.
A Fatah official said the guards were killed.
In another development on Friday, Hamas said it had made contact with the captors of Alan Johnston, the kidnapped BBC journalist, and was taking “serious and practical steps” to win his release.
|BBC reporter Alan Johnston was kidnapped
three months ago in Gaza [AP]
Abu Obeideh, a spokesman for Hamas, said his group “will not allow anyone to attack journalists or foreigners, because they are helping our people”.
When asked whether the use of force is possible in winning Johnston‘s release, Abu Obeideh said all options are open.
Johnston, 45, was seized in Gaza three months ago by a group believed to have some links to Hamas, and a message purporting to be from his captors has demanded the release of prisoners, including a cleric being held in Britain.