JERUSALEM – A senior Palestinian Authority negotiator has told WND that if President Obama secures another four years in office, he will use his second term to target Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the main party to blame for the collapse of Mideast peace talks.
The negotiator further claimed that Obama quietly pledged to the Palestinians a campaign at the United Nations to renew U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for a Palestinian state to be established in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem.
The PA negotiator said the White House had asked the Palestinians to slow their drive for the unilateral declaration of a state at the U.N. General Assembly.
The negotiator further said Obama had promised the PA that the establishment of a Palestinian state will be one of the main priorities for a second term.
“We were told that the negotiations for a Palestinian state will be a main goal for Obama,” said the negotiator. “Netanyahu will be declared the main person responsible for the collapse of the peace process.”
The claims come as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was blasted by the rival Hamas group yesterday for his statements to the Israeli media last week calling for a Palestinian state in what is known as the 1967 borders – the West Bank, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem.
Hamas has stated the “liberation” of the entire land of Israel is their goal.
Senior Hamas figure Ismail Haniyeh called Abbas’ remarks “extremely dangerous,” alleging they contradict longstanding Palestinian territorial goals.
While discussions about a Palestinian state seem to take for granted that such an entity will be led by Abbas and his Fatah party, WND reported last month on Hamas’s growing strength in the West Bank.
Hamas, allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, already controls the Gaza Strip.
WND quoted Palestinian security sources revealing Abbas’ Fatah party had launched a quiet campaign targeting Hamas military installations in the strategic West Bank, as well as the alleged infiltration by Hamas of Fatah security forces.
In the Fatah stronghold of Nablus, PA forces last month dismantled a cell of Hamas’ Al Qassam Brigades, the so-called military wing of Hamas, the security sources said.
Two of the six arrested in that raid were members of Fatah’s own Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, paid by Hamas to collaborate. The Al Aqsa members were accused of providing Hamas with inside information on the movement of Fatah security forces.
The PA also discovered and dismantled an underground jail built by Hamas near the city of Ramallah, purportedly as a place to house an Israeli soldier or Jewish resident of the West Bank that Hamas was planning to kidnap as a show of strength.
The sources said the PA in last month launched a campaign against elements of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigades suspected of being bribed by Hamas, including Fatah militia members accused of serving as sleeping cells for Hamas.
Hamas infiltration of Fatah was said to be the Achilles heel that ultimately caused Fatah forces to fold with little resistance when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.
The strategic position of Hamas has been greatly enhanced by the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood, including in neighboring Egypt.