Member of Fatah Executive Committee Azzam Al-Ahmad opened fire at Hamas in a TV interview yesterday evening.
Al-Ahmad, Fatah representative for the reconciliation dossier, said: “I feel sad when I listen to Hamas’ leaders reduce the Palestinian issue to the salaries of thousands of workers it recruited after it forcefully controlled the Gaza Strip in 2007.”
Explaining the issue, he said that the Egyptian paper stipulates that neither the Palestinian Authority nor the unity government is obliged to pay the salaries, noting that these employees were illegally instated by an illegal government.
The Egyptian paper said that a legal and professional committee is to be chosen to study the case of the employees, institutions and the conditions of the employees in Gaza and will decide on the final outcome.
However, many officials said that there is no intention to pay for the Gaza employees because Israel considers them “terrorists”.
When asked whether the Palestinian prime minister is planning to visit Gaza, Al-Ahmad pointed to what happened to the Palestinian health minister who was stoned when he visited Gaza during the war.
Two weeks into the Israeli war on Gaza, the Palestinian health minister visited the Strip but angry Gazans stoned him as soon as he emerged from the Rafah Crossing.
Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said on Al-Jazeera TV yesterday, when he was asked about this incident, that the health minister did not contact the security services in Gaza to secure his visit at a time when the people of Gaza had expressed their anger at his government because it did nothing to help them during the Israeli attacks.
Regarding the reconstruction efforts, Al-Ahmad said that no money will enter the Gaza Strip until the PA takes control of the area.
He said that following the 2008/2009 Israeli war, the $4.8 billion were not paid for the reconstruction works because of the existence of an illegal government in Gaza.