Ne­tanyahu on Fatah-Ha­mas pact: Worth­less un­less Ha­mas dis­arms

Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By HERB KEINON

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu came out against the Fatah-Ha­mas rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment signed on Thurs­day in Cairo, say­ing that “rec­on­cil­ing with a mur­der­ous or­ga­ni­za­tion that strives to de­stroy Is­rael does not bring peace closer, but rather makes it more dis­tant.”

A post on Ne­tanyahu’s “Prime Min­is­ter of Is­rael” Face­book page read: “Is­rael op­poses any rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in which the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion Ha­mas does not dis­arm and end its war to de­stroy Is­rael.”

Is­rael also de­mands that Ha­mas re­turn the bod­ies of the two IDF sol­diers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, and the two Is­raeli civil­ians, Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, that it is hold­ing.

“There is noth­ing Is­rael wants more than peace with all our neigh­bors,” the post reads. “Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween Fatah and Ha­mas makes peace much harder to achieve.”

Ne­tanyahu asked what it means when Fatah rec­on­ciles with a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion that “seeks the an­ni­hi­la­tion of Is­rael, ad­vo­cates geno­cide, launched thou­sands of rock­ets at civil­ians and digs ter­ror tun­nels, mur­ders chil­dren, re­presses mi­nori­ties, bans LGBT, re­jects in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions, re­fuses to free Is­raeli civil­ians it holds hostage, re­fuses to re­turn the bod­ies of Is­raeli sol­diers to griev­ing moth­ers and fa­thers, tor­tures op­po­si­tion, mourns bin Laden’s death.”

The post con­tin­ues: “Rec­on­cil­ing with mass mur­der­ers is part of the prob­lem, not part of the so­lu­tion. Say yes to peace and no to join­ing hands

with Ha­mas.”

Just prior to this Face­book post, the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice is­sued a some­what milder re­ac­tion to the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment, say­ing that it must in­clude com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional agree­ments and the Mid­dle East Quar­tet’s con­di­tions, which also in­clude Ha­mas rec­og­niz­ing Is­rael and for­swear­ing ter­ror­ism.

“The con­tin­ued dig­ging of tun­nels, the man­u­fac­ture of mis­siles and the ini­ti­a­tion of ter­ror at­tacks against Is­rael are con­trary to the Quar­tet’s con­di­tions and the US ef­forts to re­new the po­lit­i­cal process,” the state­ment read.

Ac­cord­ing to this state­ment, as long as Ha­mas does not dis­arm and con­tin­ues to call for Is­rael’s de­struc­tion, Jerusalem will con­sider it re­spon­si­ble for all ter­ror­ist acts orig­i­nat­ing in the Gaza Strip. In ad­di­tion, the state­ment said that Is­rael “in­sists that the PA not al­low any base what­so­ever for Ha­mas ter­ror­ist ac­tions from PA ar­eas in Judea and Sa­maria or from Gaza, if the PA in­deed takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for its ter­ri­tory.”

Is­rael will mon­i­tor the de­vel­op­ments on the ground and act ac­cord­ingly, the state­ment reads. •

(Amr Ab­dal­lah Dalsh/Reuters)

HA­MAS DEL­E­GA­TION HEAD Saleh Arouri (left) and Fatah rep­re­sen­ta­tive Az­zam Ah­mad sign an ac­cord at a cer­e­mony in Cairo yes­ter­day.

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