Netanyahu: Israel will never negotiate with Hamas-backed government

By REUTERS
April 24, 2014 19:42




WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would never negotiate with a Palestinian government "backed by a terrorist organization" committed to Israel's destruction.

Netanyahu told NBC News in an interview that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas still had time to reverse course on his pact with Hamas and that Israel was willing to pursue "genuine" peace negotiations.

"I will never negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by terrorist organization committed to our destruction," Netanyahu said.

"He (Abbas) still has the opportunity to reverse the course ... to abandon this pact. I hope he does it," Netanyahu added. "Because if we encounter a Palestinian leadership and a Palestinian government that is ready to pursue genuine peace negotiations, we are going to be there. I am going to be there."


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