Netanyahu Slams Palestinian Unity Deal
Thursday April 28, 2011 04:02 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party, denounced on Wednesday the draft agreement of Palestinian unity, and added that “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose peace with Hamas instead of peace with Israel”.
Netanyahu said that peace with Israel and reconciliation with the Hamas movement cannot go hand in hand, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported.
The Israeli Prime Minister said that “peace with both Israel and Hamas is impossible, adding that Hamas believes in the destruction of Israel and in ongoing firing of shells into Israeli areas.
He claimed that this reconciliation with the Islamic Movement (Hamas) is in indication that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is weak, and claimed that this could mean that Hamas will take control over the West Bank.
The Israeli Prime Minister is said to be planning to head to Washington next month to address the Congress and present a plan he claims to be an effort to restart the stalled talks with the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas.
Palestinian-Israel talks have been stalled since September of last year after Israel resumed its construction and expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.
The P.A said talks with Israel cannot be resumed while it constructs and expands settlements, and while it is ongoing with its invasions and assaults against the Palestinian people, their lands and property, and their holy sites.
It also demanded Israel to stop the demolishing of Arab homes in Jerusalem.
Different Hamas leaders, leaders of Fateh movement, leftist factions and independent figures in Palestine expressed support to the draft unity deal and called for ensuring the success of the final reconciliation agreement that will be signed in Cairo next week.
The Hamas movement said that Israel has no interest in Palestinian unity and will continue to in order to sabotage a united Palestinian front that counters the occupation and seeks liberation.
The deal came as a surprise amidst endless round of deadlock reconciliation talks mediated by Cairo.