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Netanyahu Warns Abbas Not to Reconcile With Hamas

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Posted on May 3, 2011
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The Israeli prime minister said the Palestinian Authority should not make peace with Hamas after five years of enmity. Hamas is widely seen as more radical than Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, but he is focusing on internal reconciliation while the peace process with Israel stalls. The Israeli government has frozen $100 million in funds collected for the authority as it pressures Abbas to walk away from a tentative deal, announced by the two parties last week. The deal would create a unified governing party and plan parliamentary and presidential elections next year. —KDG


As Palestinian political factions prepared Tuesday to formally sign a political reconciliation agreement in Cairo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority to pull out of the deal, saying it would jeopardize the already-stalled Middle East peace process.

Meeting with Middle East Envoy Tony Blair in Jerusalem, Netanyahu called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately cancel the reconciliation deal with Hamas and choose the path of peace with Israel.”

The Egyptian-brokered agreement, word of which was first announced last week, seeks to mend the political differences between the two largest Palestinian factions: Abbas’ party, the West Bank-based Fatah and the Islamist group Hamas, which rules Gaza.

“The agreement between Abu Mazen (Abbas) and Hamas is a hard blow to the peace process,” Netanyahu told Blair. “How can peace be achieved with a government (in which half of the ministers) call for the destruction of the State of Israel and praises the master killer Osama bin Laden?”

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By PatrickHenry, May 4, 2011 at 3:54 am Link to this comment

I think it is a good deal for the Palestinians as a prelude to official U.N. recognition of that state.

With International recognition at stake, I would hope it will cause the Palestinians to reign in the extremists but I fear the Israelis will unleash theirs.

Later this month an International flotilla will be headed towards Gaza, I wonder how the Israelis will handle that.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

So…what’s Abbas supposed to do? Sit around with his thumb up his butt while Netanyahu panders to the extreme religious fanatics who insist on nothing less than “Greater Judea” and the expulsion of the Palestinians from the West Bank?

I’m a Jew, and I’m all for Israel being safe and secure, but I realize that Israel will NEVER be secure if the Palestinians aren’t secure. Therefore, as long as the “peace talks” are “stalled” because of the hard Right’s position in Israel, Abbas has no other option.

And you’re volunteering to go kill Abbas because he’s not willing to commit suicide to help anti-democratic religious fanatics who are no better than the TeaBaggers for the Pat Robertson loonies.

Of course, if you thought there was actually a real chance you’d be called on to go into a deadly territory, surrounded by people trying to kill you, trying to get past the bodyguards, you’d be shitting your pants, rather than boldly posturing like a George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, both of whom bravely dodged serving in Viet Nam.

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By nefesh, May 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

If that’s all Netanyahu is going to do or say, it’s not enough.

Abbas makes common cause with Hamas, whose Gaza chief Haniyeh just yesterday praised Bin Laden. Naturally, the asshole who heads up the terror gang which fires missiles at school busses as a matter of policy feels a special grief for his mass-murdering comrade-in-arms Osama Bin Laden.

Abbas gets in bed with Hamas. Abbas becomes Hamas. Abbas is a legitimate target for Navy Seals, IDF, well shit, I’d be happy to do the job myself.

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