Friday, October 6, 2006
Deputy Palestinian Parliament Chairman tells Ynet: Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) doesn’t have authority to dismantle Hamas government; Hamas prepared for another round against IDF
"Still, Hamas already prepared itself for another possible round against the IDF, and was determined to stay in power without acknowledging Israel.
“Hamas wants a unified government, but if that doesn’t happen, we are prepared to stay in power according to the mandate given us by the people,” Deputy Palestinian Parliament Chairman Ahmed Bahar told Ynet.
He continued, “No one will make us disappear, we will stay, as part of a unified government or on our own. That’s what we were voted into power for, and Abu Mazen (Abbas) doesn’t have the authority to dismantle the elected institutions.”
When asked what he thought of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s opinion that the current crisis would best be solved with early elections, Bahar replied that there was no need for early elections.
“Elections now would mean civil war. A unified government, based on the prisoner’s document, is what is needed,” he said.
Bahar mentioned talks by an international committee in Sharm-el-Sheikh in 1996, which he said plotted against Hamas and the resistance. “That scheme failed. All of these pressures won’t work this time either. The Palestinian people will not surrender, and we will not acknowledge Israel,” Bahar said."