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June 05, 2003

Palestinian terror groups express outrage at Aqaba summit


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Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al-Aqsa Brigades have expressed outraged at the sentiments expressed at the summit at Aqaba, Ynet reports.

Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a senior Hamas official, said that "the Aqaba summit was a plot against the Palestinian people." He condemned the fact that nobody at the summit addressed "Palestinian suffering and the terror directed against the Palestinian nation".

Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar, another Hamas leader, said the "the things spoken at Abaqa are a declaration of war against the Palestinian people." Rather than renouncing terror, he said that "all options should remain open to the Palestinian people while the occupation still exists."

Muhammad al-Hindi, a senior Islamic Jihad official, said that he is convinced that Abu Mazen "gave away for free" Palestinian obligations towards Israel. While Abu Mazen condemned Palestinian resistance, a-Hindi complained, Sharon spoke hazily about security, saying that a Palestinian state would contribute to the security and strength of the Jewish state.

Jamil Majdalawi, a senior leader of the Syrian-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said that "the Aqaba summit is the continuation of a plot launched at Sharm a-Sheikh, the basis of which is the American request to continue its activities that began with the conquering of Iraq and arrives today in Palestine." He also added that the Americans' aim is "that the Zionist entity continue to be the strongest nation in the region." He expressed disappointment that the summit conveyed the Intifadah as the main problem, rather than the occupation.

A senior member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades told Ynet that "If the current policy continues, the Al-Aqsa Brigade will be forced to return to active and even stronger resistance. The organization will never give up its right of response, and will not support any agreement that will give up the right of return."

However, both the Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Brigades officials said they would consider a ceasefire.