The leader of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has criticised the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas for comments he made to Israeli media, saying that they contradict long-held Palestinian territorial demands, Aljazeera reported.
Abbas made the rare if symbolic concession to Israel on Thursday, saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state's founding.
Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday that Abbas' remarks on the right of return for Palestinian refugees, aired on Israel's Channel 2, were "extremely dangerous".
In his comments, Abbas said: "Palestine now for me is (19)67 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital ... This is now and forever, this is Palestine for me. I am a refugee but living in Ramallah. I believe that West Bank and Gaza is Palestine. The rest is Israel."
The president said that while he would like to see his birthplace - Safed, now a town in northern Israel - he does not want to live there.
"I want to see Safed. It is my right to see it but not to live there," he said.