On the other hand, a European Union official at the Rafah Crossing told Israel Radio that when Haniyeh arrived at the crossing Thursday, Egyptian officials affirmed he was not carrying any foreign currency.
Palestinian sources confirmed that senior Hamas official Nizar Rayan also entered the Gaza Strip with $6 million, according to Israel Radio.
But Rayan denied bringing any funds.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met last week with the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the
Last month authorities stopped the Palestinian Prime Minister for seven hours at Rafah preventing him from entering
Haniyeh managed to enter
Those measures were planned by representatives of
It’s been reported that representatives of the four parties met in
Also discussed was the officials’ task at the Rafah crossing in anticipation of Haniyeh's arrival with funds from
In accordance with the discussed arrangements, the Saudi Arabian plane carrying Haniyeh landed in El-Arish airport in
Abbas insists on early elections
Speaking to senior officials from his Fatah party, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated plans to call for early elections, which received strong rejection from the ruling Party Hamas when first announced last month, sparking bloody fighting between members and supporters of both factions that led to the death and injury of many civilians.
"I will not go back on holding early parliamentary and presidential elections," Eissa Karaqaa, a senior Fatah official in
"This plan is not a tactic. All paths to forming a government of national unity are closed and there is no other choice except these elections," Abbas said, adding that Fatah should "prepare" for the polls.
The Palestinian leader made his first call for early elections, an apparent attempt to oust the Hamas-led government, on December 16.
Abbas bans Hamas police force
Yesterday Abbas fueled the already heated tension in the Palestinian territories, demanding Hamas to disband its interior ministry's "executive force," arguing it was illegal and should be integrated into existing security structures.
"The executive force (controlled by Hamas) is illegal... and will be treated as such if it is not immediately integrated... into legal security services as stipulated by basic law," said a statement from the presidency.
Hamas rejected the Palestinian President’s request, announcing plans to more than double the size of its 5,500-strong armed force.
"It's not true that the executive force is outside of the security services," Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in
"There are certain people who don't want the Palestinian people to live in peace and stability. And they don't want the situation to calm down in order to create a serious and deep dialogue to reach a unity government." AJP and Agencies