Palestinian group’s political chief says US trying to impose its agenda on region.
Michael Gapes, chairman of the committee, said the the world’s lack of a positive response had contributed to the deteriorating situation.
“And you can’t get a Palestinian state and a two state solution unless you include Gaza as well as the West Bank.
“That means engaging with moderate elements within Hamas in order to try to facilitate political compromise and move Hamas towards the process set out by the Quartet including its principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel, and abiding by all previous agreements.”
Fighting between Hamas and the rival Fatah movement eventually led to Hamas taking control of the Gaza Strip in June, while Fatah – the faction led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president – administered the West Bank.
The report also said that Washington’s so-called “surge” tactic in Iraq was likely to fail. It called on the British government to help Iraqi factions reach agreement on key issues.
“What we are saying is the real answers to the problems in iraq is going to be an internal accommodation on questions like the constitution, the allocation of oil revenue, the process of de-Baathification, those issues have to be resolved internally by the Iraqi politicians although we think that the coalition and the UN could give assistance to that process.”