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Hezbollah al-Mahdi girl scouts, hold Palestinian flags and wear head bands with Arabic words reading: "Jerusalem for us," as they parade celebrating Jerusalem day, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP)

Hezbollah al-Mahdi girl scouts, hold Palestinian flags and wear head bands with Arabic words reading: “Jerusalem for us,” as they parade celebrating Jerusalem day, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP)

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – The Palestinian Authority lashed out Saturday at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his remarks about the relaunching of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The Iranian president, “who does not represent the Iranian people, who falsified elections and took power by fraud does not have the right to talk about Palestine, its president or its representatives,” Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rodeina said in a statement distributed by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

“We are defending our national rights and interests” and will not allow anyone to “threaten us or question the legitimacy of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation” led by president Mahmud Abbas, Rodeina added.

Calling Western-backed Abbas a hostage of Israel, Ahmadinejad said the talks begun Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington lacked legitimacy as the Palestinian leader had no right to make concessions in the name of Palestinians.

“What do they want to negotiate about? Who are they representing? What are they going to talk about?” Ahmadinejad asked rhetorically about Abbas’ negotiating team during a rally Friday in Tehran.

“Who gave them the right to sell a piece of Palestinian land? The people of Palestine and the people of the region will not allow them to sell even an inch of Palestinian soil to the enemy. The negotiations are stillborn and doomed.”

Iran implacably opposes the new talks and has given strong support to the Islamist movement Hamas, which carried out two attacks against Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank that killed four people and cast a pall over the talks relaunch.

Photo courtesy of the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli, Libya.

Photo courtesy of the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli, Libya.

File photo shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a Jerusalem Day address before the weekly Friday prayer at Tehran University. (AFP)

File photo shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a Jerusalem Day address before the weekly Friday prayer at Tehran University. (AFP)

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