If Hamas is waiting for 9 January to ambush its rival, this will be a disaster,” states I’smat Abed Al-Khaleq in an op-ed in Maan News. Al-Khaleq argues that this would mean the elimination of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Hamas has warned that it will not recognize Mahmoud Abbas as president beyond his term, which expires in January.
Read: Maan, “Hamas’ gamble – who is the loser? – By I’smat Abed Al-Khaleq ,” 9 October 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=32430.