Meet the most influential figures in the Jewish world
Barak: If Abbas falls, Hamas will rise in West Bank
By
September 30, 2012 11:29
Defense minister denounces Liberman's attacks on Abbas, warns of Hamas taking control of West Bank if PA falters.
DEFENSE MINISTER Ehud Barak

DEFENSE MINISTER Ehud Barak 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak directed scathing criticism at Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s stance against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

If the PA regime were to lose influence, then the West Bank would come under Hamas control, Barak told associates.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



“Liberman’s comments on the PA and its head do not represent the State of Israel, and harm the Israeli interest.

If Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] and [PA Prime Minister] Salam Fayyad won’t rule Judea and Samaria, as Liberman dreams they won’t, Hamas will,” Barak said.

Liberman made a series of comments last week against Abbas to counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly suggesting that Israel stop supporting the Fatah-dominated PA leadership.

Liberman reiterated what he had been saying for weeks in Israel, telling the foreign ministers of a dozen countries that as long as Abbas was chairman of the PA there was no chance of forging an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

While describing Abbas as the principle obstacle to peace, Liberman also claimed the PA president had neither Íthe interest nor the ability to properly manage the Palestinians, but instead “travel[s] the world inciting against Israel and blaming it for all his problems.”

The foreign minister’s most recent attack on Abbas followed the PA president’s speech to the General Assembly, in which Abbas accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and pursuing a “policy of war, occupation and settlement colonization.”

In his denouncement of Liberman, Barak signaled his intent to turn to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with an urgent request to hold a meeting on Israeli policy toward the PA. Barak believes a change in policy is needed, in light of security and economic concerns, irrespective of Abbas’s harsh anti-Israel rhetoric.

“Israel still has basic interests in safeguarding security in Judea and Samaria, which is in a very good place compared to any other time,” Barak said.

He attributed the improvement to the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), as well as to the work carried out by PA security forces, and the economic policies of Fayyad and Abbas.

Herb Keinon and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Avigdor Liberman
  • Mahmoud Abbas
  • Palestinian Authority
  • diplomacy
  • ehud barak
  • Prev Article
    Ambassador to Vatican presents credentials to Pope
    Dr. Zion Evrony
    The Jerusalem Post
    Abbas: Israel promising new ‘nakba’
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    August 31, 2014
    Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

    By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 8 - 16
      Beer Sheva
      9 - 17
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 6 - 14
      Jerusalem
      8 - 16
      Haifa
    • 11 - 20
      Elat
      9 - 20
      Tiberias