J'lem: Closer Abbas is to Hamas, farther he is from Israel

November 25, 2011 09:21

The unity Palestinian government including Hamas will dim any chances of restarting the peace process, Army Radio reported Friday according to diplomatic officials in Jerusalem.

"The closer Abbas gets to Hamas, the farther he gets from Israel," the officials said, noting that within Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's political camp, officials believe that the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is more show than reality.

Still, Likud MK Silvan Shalom said that despite Israeli efforts to jump-start the diplomatic process with the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians are refusing to connect.

"We are at a critical point today," Shalom told Army Radio. "Israel is trying to renew the peace process, but the Palestinians refuse any direct contact with us."

Shalom said he would request from the international community to isolate a Palestinian government where Hamas shares the reins.

"I am going to petition the international community not to speak with a [unity] government that includes Hamas," Shalom said.

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