“He chooses to abandon the path of peace and join himself to Hamas”.
These are the words of Benjamin Netanyahu to Likud-party ministers in Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, has agreed to lead a transitional national government that would include the militant faction that runs Gaza until elections are held, possibly later this year.
But the breakthrough provoked a strong reaction from Israel, which deplores Hamas as a terrorist group. Mr Netanyahu told his Likud party ministers that if Mr Abbas implements the agreement, “he chooses to abandon the path of peace and join himself to Hamas”.
Khaled Meshaal, Hamas’s political head, and Mr Abbas, the leader of Fatah, signed a declaration in Doha under the gaze of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Qatari emir who brokered the deal.
By reserving the post of prime minister for himself, Mr Abbas effectively accepted Hamas demands for the dismissal of Salam Fayyad, the Western-backed premier. The dispute over the post had proved a major obstacle to the formation of an interim government.
Challenging scepticism among both Palestinians and Israelis, Mr Abbas said the agreement would be implemented “in the shortest time possible”.
Source: The Daily Telegraph.
For the Israeli Prime Minister, the unity government of the PLO and Hamas is bad news.
Simply because their infighting have made it practically impossible to form a two-state-solution. Keeping the Hamas isolated in Gaza, has been Israel best bid to survive.
The Pope, The Quartet and the UN will now demand the rapid formation of the state of “Palestine”.
If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
Since Benjamin Netanyahu in principle has agreed to accept a “Palestinian statehood”, it is only a matter of time before the Israeli government will sign a great compromise.
The PLO and the Hamas will get their terrorist statehood at the mountain of Zion, against an acceptance of the state of Israel’s right to exist.
But the signature of the PLO-leader and the Hamas leadership, will not be worth the paper it will be written on.
Written by Ivar