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Abbas' lack of action on Gaza war infuriates Hamas

Hamas officials have scolded President Mahmoud Abbas for attending a peace conference in Tel Aviv during Israel's assault on Gaza.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C) prays prior a meeting with his leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 9, 2014. Abbas has demanded Israel "immediately stop" its air campaign on the Gaza Strip and called on the international community to pressure the Jewish state. Israeli warplanes pounded targets in the Gaza Strip today as a major campaign to stop volleys of Palestinian rocket fire entered its second day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Im

Israel’s attack on Gaza was expected to turn a page in the conflict that erupted recently between Fatah and Hamas, including the salary crisis, which almost wrecked the reconciliation between them.

But the current Israeli war on Gaza has fed the flames between Fatah and Hamas. At the height of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza early July 8, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas surprised the Palestinians by giving a speech at a peace conference organized by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In attendance were a large number of Israeli and international peace activists, journalists and economists.

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