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Hamas to enter Qassam Brigades into PA Security forces, end "bombing operations"

Dec. 19, 2005 1:30 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2005 1:30 P.M.)
Ma'an Gaza - Hamas declared that it will participate in the next Palestinian Government and enter the Qassam Brigades, the armed resistance wing of the movement, into the PA security forces.

A prominent leader of the movement based in Gaza, Sheikh Said Siyam said during a Monday press conference, "Hamas will be a clear voice in the next Legislative Council. It will enter the PA process in order to make decisions, fight corruption and fix PA institutions."

Sheikh Siyam said that after members of Hamas are elected to the PLC, the Qassam Brigades will enter the PA security forces in order to combat "corruption" within the institution. He stated that, "Our priority is to support our people, fight corruption and repair PA institutions."

During the course of internal Hamas conversations, leaders in the movement decided to abandon "bombing operations." This marks the first time the movement referred to such incidents as "bombing operations" rather than "martyr operations." The decision came in order to "stop pressure on the PA."

Sheikh Siyam said that "bombing operations" are not the only way to "continue the Jihad." Siyam noted that Hamas only relied on these operations in order to "react to Israeli massacres." He added, "Hamas used these operations to serve the interest of the Palestinian people and will stop using it when they no longer serve the Palestinian people."

The statement delivered by Hamas today comes after EU Foreign Policy head, Javier Solana, threatened on Sunday to remove European funding from the PA should Hamas take part in January's PLC elections.

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