Abbas: Palestinians Will Continue to Negotiate Peace
04/28/11
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinians will continue to negotiate peace with Israel despite a unity agreement with the terrorist Hamas organization, Mahmoud Abbas said.

Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, told reporters Thursday that the Palestine Liberation Organization that he heads will continue to be responsible for handling negotiations, Haaretz reported. Hamas is not a member of the PLO.

Abbas' comments came a day after his Fatah movement and Hamas, which controls Gaza, announced that they had reconciled, following a meeting in Cairo.

Abbas has not yet announced the composition of his "unity cabinet." An official unity agreement ceremony is scheduled to be held in Cairo next week.

The new unity government "Has nothing to do with politics," Abbas said.

Israel has said that it will not negotiate with Hamas.

Top Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said Thursday that his organization will not participate in peace talks with Israel, Ynet reported.

Al-Zahar said it will not stop its partners from talking to Israel, saying "if Fatah wants to negotiate with Israel over trivialities, they can."

In a statement issued after the announcement Wednesday of the unity agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the reconciliation "shows the weakness of the Palestinian Authority and causes one to wonder if Hamas will seize control of Judea and Samaria like it seized control of the Gaza Strip."

"The Palestinian Authority needs to choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas," Netanyahu said.

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When Hamas, as required by the entire international community, meets the three simple demands placed in front of it, I am sure, Israel also will deal with this organization across the negotiating table, but not before.

The UN, US, EU and Russia demanded of Hamas to:

1) Accept Israel right to exist

2) Cease all acts of terror and violence against Israel and its citizens, and all preparations for such acts

3) Adhere to agreements with Israel already singed

And, since the entire international community has rejected of Hamas prior to it adhering to these three simple points, yet the PLO's PA does not, the move says a lot not only about Hamas, but also about the "moderate" PLO, its Palestinian Authority and the various components of the two, e.g. Fatah...

We, Jews, have taken a note of the people with whom we deal and the ones with which our nation-state, the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel, has been hoping to achieve an accommodation of peaceful coexistence.

Let us hope the rest of the world is not cynical, and it too will take a note of the way all of us have been fooled!!

P.S. This poster trusts the US and its Canadian, Australian and European allies will be firm in their demand!!

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