The Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine opposed Tuesday’s meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The movement said that only Israel will benefit from the meeting due to the state of internal division among Palestinians, and the lack of a unified Arab and Palestinian political agenda.

Khalid Al Batsh, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the Abbas-Olmert meeting ‘only enhnces the occupation and weakens the resistance’,.

He demanded Abbas to immediately stop such meetings because they (the meetings) are not producing any good and only further weakening the Palestinians’.

Al Batsh’s statement also made clear that the meeting ‘will not lift the siege Israel is imposing on Gaza or stop the attacks by the Israeli army against the coastal region, therefore it is the Palestinians who loose and the Israels who gain’.

The Islamic leader ended his statement by saying that Israel is trying to deepen the gap between President Abbas and his people, and that the meeting will only deepen this gap.

He concluded by saying ‘I am sure that this meeting will not end the Israeli killings or the settlement activities.’