Hamas: Quartet links Gaza aid to acceptance of two-state solution

Haaretz, 19.02.15


Hamas official says Tony Blair set five conditions for continued transfer of funds to rebuild Strip.



A top Hamas member said on Wednesday that the Mideast Quartet has set five conditions for further funding to rebuild Gaza, one of which requires the group to accept the two-state solution.

The Quartet, which seeks to mediate the Israel-Palestinian dispute, consists of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States. The two-state solution would establish a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk said Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair set four additional conditions: that Hamas recognize the two-state solution as permanent, complete its reconciliation with Fatah in the West Bank, affirm that it is unconnected to any Islamic group that has a regional agenda or interests, and reassure Egypt that it doesn't support terror and that the Strip is not a base for terrorism.

Blair’s office said in response that no conditions had been set, and that the envoy expects confidence-building measures from all the partners to improve the situation in Gaza. 

Abu Marzouk, via his Facbook page, said Israel, not the Palestinian side, opposes the 1967-border solution.

He said Hamas doesn't recognize Israel but would accept a temporary solution based on two states in the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

Hamas and Fatah, run by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, have already reconciled, Abu Marzouk said. He said the world can't set conditions for Hamas while Israel refuses to accept the decisions of the international community and the UN Security Council that grant rights to the Palestinians.