Hamas PM calls for Islamic money to cover Israeli, U.S. sanctions

GAZA, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — Arab and Islamic states should finance upcoming Palestinian unity government to face possible Israeli and U.S. sanctions, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya said Friday.

“Arab and Islamic money should be the alternative,” Haneya told worshippers during Friday prayers in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, referring to Israel’s refusal to transfer Palestinian tax revenues to the West Bank-based Palestinian National Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, due to Abbas’ plans to reconcile with the Islamic Hamas movement.

The United States is likely to boycott a government that comprises Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah party, since Hamas refuses to recognize Israel.

Haneya’s remarks came a day after Abbas and Khaled Mashaal, the head of Hamas’ politburo, met for the first time since they signed in May an Egypt-brokered agreement to reconcile.

The two leaders decided to form committees to arrange the details related to the future government that will rule until elections in May 2012. However, they did not yet agree on the identity of the prime minister


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