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Zaki compares "unfortunate" election of Hamas to that of Lieberman

Aug. 4, 2009 6:54 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2009 11:55 A.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an exclusive – ”I’m sorry to compare,” said Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, “but the Israelis elected Lieberman and appointed him as Foreign Minister, [and a similar mistake was made by the Palestinian people in electing Hamas, which] is setting up all the obstacles preventing the improvement of the national unity.”

The Fatah leader spoke live during an interview on Ma’anTV’s Hard Questions with Chief Editor Nasser Lahham Sunday, ahead of the Sixth Fatah Conference in Bethlehem and hours after Palestinian President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas called the Central Committee together to respond to issues around Gazan Fatah members boycotting the conference.

Zaki declined to speak about Fatah’s decisions around Hamas, but said outright to the movement that they would be best to remember that “the PA pays the salaries for 77,000 employees [in Gaza] and 58% of the government’s budget is goes to the Gaza Strip.” He then added cryptically, “just because you can see the lion’s fangs, it does not mean the lion is smiling,” and declined to elaborate until after the conference.

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