PA Police 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday that Israeli officials would not
speak to a Fatah-Hamas government as long as Hamas continues terrorist attacks
“This is an organization [with which] there is nothing to
talk to about,” Barak said. “There is no chance that we will talk to this type
of government, if it is established.
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And we demand that our friends in
the world refrain from speaking to it as well – unless Hamas undergoes a
substantial and deep change by stopping terrorism, dismantling terrorist
infrastructure and accepting the Quartet’s conditions, which are recognizing
previous agreements with Israel and entering negotiations.”
The IDF is
waiting to see whether Wednesday’s declaration of a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation
agreement will have any impact on the ground in the West Bank, a senior security
source told The Jerusalem Post
The source added that there
was no immediate concern of sudden changes that would disrupt the close security
cooperation currently in place between the IDF and PA security
The two sides have built up a good working relationship, and
worked to combat Hamas activity in the West Bank.
“We have to wait to see
if this [unity agreement] is a mere declaration, or if this will go beyond that.
We’re at the opening shot stage,” the source said.
The 2007 coup led to
the establishment of a separate Islamist Hamas regime in Gaza, which did not
recognize the nationalist Fatah-led PA, and its seat of power in
Meir Elran, former deputy director of the IDF Intelligence
Directorate, said the “unity“ development was a “big test” for the current
arrangement in the West Bank.
But Elran, who directs the Homeland
Security Program at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security,
stressed that declarations aside, Fatah and Hamas still did not trust each
“It’s too soon to know if this will lead to a bigger change [in
the West Bank],” Elran said.
Another security source, who requested
anonymity, told the Post
, “The intelligence assessment, as presented during the
annual assessment given to decision-makers, and in internal IDF evaluations,
spoke of a ‘shaky reconciliation’ that will have diplomatic implications.”