Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized the Palestinian Authority on Monday, saying that its threat to dissolve and the ruling Fatah faction’s efforts to forge unity with Hamas indicate a lack of desire for peace.
“Today, we saw the Palestinian Authority speak of dismantling itself and also talking about unity with Hamas,” the premier told revelers at a Mimuna celebration in Or Akiva. “They should decide – either dissolve, or enter into a union with Hamas. When they want peace, they should let us know. Because we want a genuine peace.”
The prime minister also mentioned the rocket attacks from Gaza which struck southern Israel during the holiday period.
“Even on this day, which is our holiday, our enemies fired missiles at our towns, and our policy is clear – to respond immediately, and with great force,” Netanyahu said. “We are going after all those who come to strike at us. This is what we have done, and this is what we continue to do.”