Mahmoud Zahhar, one of Hamas political leaders, called on the Palestinian Authority to coordinate with Egypt in order to open the Palestinian-Egyptian borders without allowing any Israel presence there.
Zahhar stated in a press conference in Rafah that the Palestinians should be allowed to move freely between the two sides of Rafah, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The movement will support any agreed step which achieves this aimÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Also, Zahhar said that the cement walls dividing the two sides of Rafah are artificial borders placed by the occupation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is no reason to keep the wall between us and Egypt, the Egyptian security is our security tooÃ¢â‚¬Â, Zahhar stated, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Palestinian Authority and Egypt should coordinate and remove it as soon as possible; every resident should be able to return to his landÃ¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â
Commenting on issues regarding the ownership of the liberated lands, Zahhar said that any resident who has a document which proves his ownership should have his land back.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are lands which belong to the state, they should be used in projects which serve the economy, these lands should not be given to individuals or factionsÃ¢â‚¬Â, Zahhar added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Schools, factories, hospitals and recreation facilities for the residents should be constructed thereÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will not allow Israeli companies to invest there, and rebuilding the area is our top priorityÃ¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â
Commenting on the statements of Sharon regarding closing the Palestinian areas during the legislative elections if Hamas participates, Zahhar said that Ã¢â‚¬Å“if he [Sharon] disrupts our elections, we will disrupt the live of the settlers everywhere in the occupied territoriesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Zahhar also said that the Israeli claim that members of Al Qaeda network entered the Gaza Strip through Egypt Ã¢â‚¬Å“is an exposed false claim which aims to achieve support from the West and the United StatesÃ¢â‚¬Â.