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Abbas’ advisor: US “prime motive in region… is Israel’s interest”

Syrian Al-Yaum TV host: “Do you expect that [Biden’s] proposal (i.e., ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal) will succeed this time, or is this the regular policy of throwing sand in [our] eyes by the international community and the US?” ...


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash:We fear [they are] just throwing sand in [our] eyes or [this is] an attempt to manage the crisis and not resolve it. Particularly when we recall that the US itself previously used a veto three times at the [UN] Security Council to prevent a ceasefire. [The US] is the one that has sponsored the aggression and given it a green light from the first moment... We must not deceive ourselves that the US is looking [out] for the interests of the Palestinians, of the people in the Gaza Strip, or of the Palestinian people. The prime motive of the American policy in the region is Israel’s interest,because Israel – as we always remember and as we must continue to remember – is an American interest.

[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, June 6, 2024] 

Mahmoud Al-Habbash also serves as Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice. In August 2019, PA Chairman Abbas dismissed all his advisors by Presidential decree. It is unclear what their status is today.

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