debkafile: Abu Mazen cannot deliver on his solemn pledge to the UN that his planned unity government will recognize Israel

This pledge is hollow given the terms of his secret deal with Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, which are revealed here for the first time. Even that accord was vetoed by Hamas’s hard-line leader Khaled Meshaal from his base in Damascus. And, early Friday, a Hamas official in Gaza said his movement would never recognize Israel.
Yet Abbas appealed movingly to the world body Thursday night, Sept 21: “Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.”
These are the terms of the secret Abbas-Haniyeh accord for a Hamas-Fatah unity government, according to debkafile‘s exclusive intelligence sources:
Mashaal is appointed deputy chairman of the PLO, the world Palestinian umbrella, which makes him PM Haniyeh’s superior. The PLO under the rule of the Abbas-Meshaal duo will be responsible for the Palestinian Authority’s security and foreign affairs. The Haniyeh government will be left with economy, transportation, health and education.
Meshaal’s presence in the supreme Palestinian body will open the way for Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah to hold sway over Palestinian affairs, including peace diplomacy.
The European Union and Olmert government have given the prospect of a Palestinian unity government a favorable reception, maintaining that it is the first step towards transforming Hamas from a terrorist to a political movement.
Abu Mazen and Haniyeh further agreed that –
1. Haniya would remain prime minister.
2. An informal long-term truce will be declared – and enforced by Fatah and Hamas – after Palestinian prisoners are released in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gideon Shalit.
3. Abbas will serve as Palestinian negotiator with Israel. Any accord he may reach will be put to referendum for ratification.
4. Hamas will not recognize Israel or any accords signed with the Jewish state. Neither will Hamas accept the other Middle East Quartet condition, the renunciation of terror.
5. Palestinian leaders will rally European assistance for amending the Quartet’s conditions for acceptance of the new Palestinian government.
6. Hamas will be co-opted to the PLO and receive 45% representation.
7. Fatah will be awarded the foreign affairs, finance and interior portfolios.
debkafile‘s sources further reveal that when Abu Mazen took off for New York, Meshaal had still not come around to endorsing the agreement. Hamas was also holding out for a bigger slice of government:
A. A 60% share in the PLO’s ruling bodies reflecting its proportion of the national vote.
B. Veto power over ministerial appointments.
C. Abbas must give up control of Palestinian mass media and hand it over to a minister of information who is not a Fatah member.
For these reasons, Abu Mazen announced a freeze on national unity talks before he left for the United Nations last week. However, after his arrival, the Middle East Quartet, including the United States, decided to welcome a Palestinian unity government after all.

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