The Palestinian Authority expressed hope on Sunday that the nuclear deal reached
between Iran and the six world powers would prompt the international community
to play a larger role in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA presidency, said the “international efforts
that led to success in Geneva provide an opportunity to activate the Quartet
[US, EU, UN and Russia] to assume its role in ending the Palestinian-Israeli
The Geneva accord, he added, “is an important message to
Israel to realize that peace is the only option in the Middle East.”
Rudaineh said that the PA wants a nuclear-free Middle East.
While the PA
welcomed the accord, Hamas criticized the Geneva deal, saying it would make
Israel feel safer in the absence of an Iranian nuclear threat.
will become the only country now with nuclear and chemical weapons,” said Musa
Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official.
He pointed out, however, that the
deal would end Iran’s isolation and help its economy recover, allowing it to
increase its influence worldwide.