PM Netanyahu says 'Abbas must choose between Hamas, peace'

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 6, 2012 15:51

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday decried the recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement. "Hamas is a terrorist organization committed to Israel's destruction that gets its orders from Iran. I believe have said that [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas has a choice between peace and Hamas. Hamas and peace don't go together."

Netanyahu added that "if Abbas accepts what was written in Doha, it means he is turning down peace and choosing Hamas, which has not abandoned peace. I say Abbas, you cant have your cake and eat it too. It's either peace with Hamas or peace with Israel."

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed at a meeting in Qatar on Monday to form a unified Palestinian government for the West Bank and Gaza headed by Palestinian Authority President and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas would assume the role of prime minister, replacing Western-backed Salam Fayyad, a senior official said. It was not immediately clear if Fayyad would be a member of the new government or when it would be formed. Hamas had voiced strong opposition to Fayyad heading the unity government.

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