Gaza’s resistance movements have slammed a meeting between the Palestinian Authority’s caretaker Prime Minister Salam Feyadh and the Israeli defense minister.
The meeting between Feyadh and Israel’s Ehud Barak was held in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Monday, where Barak was expected to present a blacklist of the goods that Israel will not allow into the Gaza Strip.
A statement by Hamas called the meeting “a new scam for the Palestinian people and the world,” and a “cover” for Israel’s illegal settlement expansions and the continued siege on Gaza, Ma’an news agency reported.
It described the move as a disservice to the memory of the nine activists, eight Turk nationals and one Turkish-American teenager, killed by Israeli forces on board the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31.
"This plotting security meeting is…aimed at increasing the security cooperation with the enemy, in an attempt to destroy the resistance and guarantee the enemy’s security," Israel’s Ynet news website quoted Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhom as saying.
The meeting "gives legitimization to the judaization plan and the expulsion of Palestinians — and particularly al-Quds residents — from their lands and homes," Barhom said, accusing the Palestinian Authority leaders of breaching a promise not to hold direct negotiations with Israel.
The Islamic Jihad, also based in Gaza, described the move as "far from the Palestinian people’s interest."
"This meeting only aims to beatify Barak the criminal because it was he and his crew that attacked the Freedom Flotilla" read a statement by the resistance movement.
"This is a clear security meeting, which is taking place as part of Feyadh’s agenda…Saying that the meeting will deal with the siege on the Strip is a deception, because those who committed the Flotilla crime cannot lift the blockade."