Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by PA Minister for Religious Endowment Mahmoud Habbash, which aired on Palestinian Authority TV on January 25, 2013:
Mahmoud Habbash: For decades, various regimes, forces, and leaders have tried to drive a wedge between the Palestinians, and to take over the Palestinian decision-making and the PLO, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestine people. They tried, but they were trampled underfoot, and they ended up in the garbage bin of history.
All those who play similar games today, using flashy slogans of humanity and solidarity... Any Arab or Islamic official even if he is a brother or a friend who goes to Gaza in a political capacity, thus deepening the Palestinian rift we will point an accusing finger at him, and declare, unequivocally, that we are against him. Let nobody be angry at us for doing so, for the interests of our people are above all other interests, considerations, and ties. This issue is not open to negotiation or to discussion. (continue reading...)