Mousa Abu Marzouk, a member of Hamas's political bureau, on Sunday criticized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his recent call for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Speaking to the Al Jazeera network, Abu Marzouk said, “We tell the Egyptian president that ‘there will never be a cold or a hot peace with Israel’…all the Arab peace initiatives with Israel have failed and no one is following them.”
He did welcome Al-Sisi’s willingness to sponsor reconciliation talks between long time Fatah and Hamas, but emphasized that Hamas does not welcome any attempt to promote peace with the “Zionist entity”.
Hamas and Egypt’s relations have been tense in the wake of Egypt’s accusations that Hamas was involved in the murder of public prosecutor Hisham Barakat as well as its accusations that Hamas has assisted in the training of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the Sinai.
Abu Marzouk denied those claims and said that Hamas expects further meetings with government officials in Cairo to discuss the rebuilding of relations between the two sides. He denied that Egypt has demanded that Hamas disassociate itself from its parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed in Egypt.
In this context, Abu Marzouk said that Hamas is a Palestinian national movement and that its institutions are the ones that make decisions, not anyone else. He further claimed that in the past two years, there have been no active tunnels along the Gaza border with Egypt.