The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas said yesterday evening that “Gaza is the symbol of legitimacy, and all those who incite against them and their heroic people have no legitimacy.”
In response to statements made by Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa regarding the Gaza employees’ salaries, Hamas’ spokesperson Sami Abu-Zuhri noted that such statements are proof that the government is capitalising on the division between Gaza and the West Bank.
Abu-Zuhri also added that “Mohammad Mustafa and his colleagues must bow their heads with respect when speaking about heroic Gaza and its people.”
During a press conference held in Ramallah Mustafa had said that those employed in the Gaza Strip after mid-2007, “are not employees of the legitimate Palestinian government and are a special case”, pointing out that discussions are being conducted in order to pay out a cash advance for them.
The deputy prime minister said that the funds for the salaries of the previous Gaza government will be released on the condition that “these funds are provided by other parties, separate from the budget and by means of safe mechanism without causing legal problems in some countries”.