Islamic Jihad rejects Pakistan`s offer of peace mediation
24 April, 2007
GAZA: The Islamic Jihad movement Monday rejected Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf`s offer to help resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
"All sorts of relations with the Israeli government are rejected under any condition," said Mohammed al-Harazin, a Gaza-based Islamic Jihad leader.
Al-Harazin urged Musharraf to retreat his remarks over Israel, saying "anyone who wants to help the Palestinian people should exert efforts to lift the siege," referring to a one-year-old embargo imposed on the Palestinians since Hamas took power last March.
According to a report aired by Al-Arabiya television station late Friday, Musharraf said he could start talks with the Palestinians in an effort to mediate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or "maybe in some third country ... going to Israel is also a possibility."
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday turned down the offer. He said in an interview with local radio stations that he would maintain direct contacts with Palestinian National Authority(PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rather than depending on a mediator.
"We don`t need someone to come from afar in order for me and Abu Mazen (Abbas) to meet," Olmert was quoted as saying.