Haaretz - Israel News - U.S. pushes for PA election to be held on schedule: "Israel did not interfere in a news conference called by Hamas officials and leaders of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, held yesterday at the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem. The Islamic Movement's leader Sheikh Ra'ed Salah was accompanied by Mohammad Abu Tir, No. 2 on the Hamas list for the parliamentary election who was recently released from prison. The two presented a video and pictures they said were taken under the Temple Mount and showed excavations near the Western Wall Tunnel, and a synagogue they said was under construction, both endangering the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Other senior Hamas leaders in East Jerusalem and the Mufti of the Palestinian Authority, Akram Sabri, also took part in the briefing, which was held simultaneously with the launching of the Hamas campaign in front of the Gaza home of the movement's founder, Ahmed Yassin."