"Palestinian Authority leader to resign; Hopes move will aid efforts to form unity government" by Isabel Kershner, New York Times | March 8, 2009
JERUSALEM - Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, submitted his government's resignation yesterday, saying he hoped that it would help efforts to form a Palestinian unity government with the Islamic group Hamas....
Still, it was not immediately clear whether the resignation would be accepted by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who leads Fatah, the mainstream party that is Hamas's rival. While Abbas appeared yesterday to support the move, it was unclear what position he might take should unity talks fail....
That confirms he's doing what USrael is telling him.
Btw, WHY is ABBAS STLL PRESIDENT? Term was UP in JANUARY!!!!
Fayyad's announcement was widely seen as a conciliatory gesture to Hamas. But a senior adviser to Fayyad said it was also intended as "a shock to the system" and a message to Israel and the United States.
Widely seen by who, because I'm not buying it. That's the lying, agenda-pushing, war-promoting, AmeriKan MS talking.
The adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the resignation with reporters, said that Fayyad felt that he was being "taken for granted" by Israel and the United States, especially because Israel had continued settlement construction in the West Bank, and that the United States had not done enough to stop this. Fayyad is unpopular with Hamas and has made enemies within Fatah....
Fayyad, 56, served as the finance minister in a previous unity government established in March 2007. That government was led by Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in 2006, and included some members of Fatah, but it never gained the international recognition it craved.
Rare to see the MSM ADMIT that HAMAS WON ELECTIONS and thus is the LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT of PALESTINE, and WE KNOW WHY it never gained "international recognition," for it is USrael that CALLS THE SHOTS!!!!
Fighting between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza spiraled until Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007, routing the pro-Fatah forces loyal to Abbas.
They repelled a coup attempt, you obfuscating liars!
Abbas fired the government and appointed Fayyad to lead a caretaker government made up mainly of technocrats. Hamas rejected the move and set up its own administration to rule Gaza.
Fayyad's government, therefore, governed only in the West Bank. The separation of the two territories has further complicated efforts to achieve a Palestinian state.
Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, said his group was "not sorry to see the resignation of Fayyad and his government," according to Agence France-Presse. "This is the end we expected because this government is illegitimate and illegal and built on failed and mistaken policies connected to American agendas," he said. --more--"
I'm sorry, America and readers, but the Hamas guy is right.