Liberman: Abbas will never sign an agreement with Israel

Foreign minister tells Israel Radio that Abbas signed unity deal with Hamas in order to destroy negotiations with Israel.

April 24, 2014 10:36
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Liberman raising fist 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israel Radio on Thursday that he believes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will never sign a peace agreement with Israel.

"Abbas wont sign any deal. He likes the current situation- no war and no peace. His strategy is to exhaust the enemy," he said.

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Liberman stressed that the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel cannot continue due to the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas signed on Wednesday evening.

"As long as there is an agreement between Fatah and Hamas, an agreement with Israel is not possible."

Its "obvious" Abbas signed the unity deal in order to destroy the negotiations with Israel, the foreign minister added.

Liberman also said that he believes Hamas will now have the opportunity to "take over" the West Bank.

Soon after the unity agreement was announced Wednesday, Israel called off a US-brokered meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening.

“Abu Mazen [Abbas] needs to choose between peace with Israel and an accord with Hamas,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

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