Hamas, which leads the Palestinian government, has refused to join a team heading to Amman this week to look into charges that its fighters smuggled arms into Jordan and were close to staging attacks.
Officials said on Sunday that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, informed Jordan that the government had turned down his request to join a committee he set up to examine with senior Jordanian officials the evidence they say backs up their charges. [source]
I think the government made a positive move in setting this all up. Politically speaking it goes to show that there is some incriminating evidence upon which their accusation is based on otherwise they wouldn’t open up the door that allowed them to present it to the accused and have it be examined and/or criticised.
It’s seems strange to me that Hamas would refuse to look at the evidence the Jordanian government has. It’s more or less a political opportunity for it to score points. First it can send the message that despite being accused by the Jordanian government that tried to give them the cold shoulder, it still pursued relations; hence the good guy stance it was trying to go for earlier. Second it’s a chance to actually view the “evidence” and challenge it, which will only solidify Hamas’s position that the government is indeed lying. Unless of course the evidence says something else and they already know that.
What’s more curious is the statement:
Joudeh said the Hamas-led government told Abbas that since Amman had accused its Syria-based leadership of masterminding the alleged smuggling it was more appropriate that Jordan talk with them rather than its Gaza-based leadership.
Does this imply there are two leaderships now and that every Hamas franchise is disconnected from the other and therefore is responsible only to itself? It’s a questionable statement to say the least.