Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who for eight months led Israel’s negotiation team with the Palestinians, lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation Wednesday of the kidnappings of the three Israeli teens.
Abbas’ words were “important, correct, and reflect the true reality – Hamas is an extreme Islamic terrorist organization that attacks civilians and children, and does not wage a war for the Palestinian people and their national aspirations, but rather against the existence of the state of Israel. It is forbidden to give them legitimacy.”
Livni said these are words she continuously tells the world. “These are words the world needs to internalize, especially after they were voiced clearly by Abu Mazen [Abbas].”
“Israel, the world, and the moderates and pragmatists on the Palestinian and Arab side need to fight together against the terrorist Hamas, push it into a corner, isolate it, and in that way bring back the chance of returning to negotiations and the idea of two nation states,” she continued.
Livni’s comments were the first reactions from a government minister to Abbas's speech in Saudi Arabia where he lashed out at the kidnappers of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, and said those who carried out the abduction wanted to destroy the PA.
"These three boys are human beings like us, and they should be returned to their families," Abbas told foreign ministers at an Organization of the Islamic Conference gathering in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.