Abbas says Hamas caused prolonged war

Ramallah - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll.

Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast on Friday that "it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2 000 martyrs, 10 000 injured, 50 00 houses [damaged or destroyed]."

Israel and Hamas militants fought for 50 days before reaching a truce on Tuesday.

More than 2 100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. Seventy one people on the Israeli side, including six civilians, were killed.

Several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts failed. Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.

Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority runs the West Bank, formed a unity government backed by Hamas earlier this year. Abbas questioned the future of that arrangement in the interview.

Enig Ma 2014-08-29 09:08:23 PM
Yes Yes Yes. Sanity starting to prevail! The truth is spoken!!!!!
MeThinks 2014-08-29 09:18:02 PM
I wonder if Hamas would agree, fingers crossed he won't get murdered for his opinion!
CliveK 2014-08-29 09:42:44 PM
Very interesting! Good-bye, Mr Abbas.
Sarah Hanson 2014-08-29 09:47:12 PM
Wow, the leader of the Palestinian Authority just blamed Hamas for the fighting. Seems like he agrees with us!!
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-29 09:54:21 PM
We're was he in the negotiation U FART
Isidore Ivan Africa 2014-08-29 10:32:40 PM
Now tell me, How does this justify South African Muslims? They are marching and protesting but yet the president of Palestine is against Hamas...can South African Muslims please focus.
Isidore Ivan Africa 2014-08-29 10:32:40 PM
Now tell me, How does this justify South African Muslims? They are marching and protesting but yet the president of Palestine is against Hamas...can South African Muslims please focus.
Chris Whittaker 2014-08-29 10:37:35 PM
Attention Pro-Hamas people.When the fighting starts again, and it will, please remember a few things.Hamas owned up to killing the Israeli teens to start a war, Abbas blamed Hamas for prolonging the war. Making a lot of noise does not make you correct.
Darren Marcus 2014-08-29 10:37:35 PM
Wow ! What's the kajee,s of the world going to say about that ?? O wait it was the USA that paid him to say that ? That Zionist movement made him say that ?
Michael Berk 2014-08-30 12:00:35 AM
Hamas needs to take a chill pill