Bolstered by the US Secretary of State’s visit, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said he might decide to dissolve the Hamas-led government, adding that talks with the group were dead. Condoleezza Rice, for her part, promised to increase efforts to improve the lives of Palestinians: “I told the president that we are very concerned about the humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories, about the economic situation,” she said. “It is a great sadness during this time of Ramadan that Palestinians… many of them are deprived of basic needs, and I said to him that we would redouble our efforts to improve the conditions of the Palestinian people. The Quartet talked about this, we talked about this last night, and we want very much to work towards a better condition for the Palestinian people.”
While Abbas has signalled his patience is wearing thin in efforts to persuade Hamas to soften its policy towards Israel, he would take a great risk in dissolving a government that was democratically elected by the Palestinian people.
In Gaza, prime minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas called on Abbas to avoid setting any deadlines and lashed out at the US administration, saying it was clearly following a unilateral policy and paying no attention to the Palestinians’ sufferings.
“The US cares only to rearrange this region and the Palestinian scene in a way that serves the American and Israeli agenda,” he added.