Avigdor Lieberman 521.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Palestinian Authority’s partnership with Hamas means that the PA has
“partnered with terrorists,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said over the
weekend, as Israel urged the international community not to legitimize the new
Palestinian reconciliation accord.
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World leaders are being asked by
Jerusalem to insist that Hamas recognize Israel and renounce terrorism as a
precondition to any international recognition of a Palestinian unity
“We would expect that before world leaders cooperate with
such a government, should it be established, that they would set as a
precondition recognition of the Quartet conditions – that such [a government]
recognize Israel, abandon the path of terror and accept all previous agreements
with Israel,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday in a conversation
with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Authority and Hamas must explicitly accept these demands before establishing a
This demand must be heard in advance so it can
influence the behavior of the Palestinian leadership,” he said.
added that Hamas was a terrorist organization, which fires missiles and rockets
at Israel. Recently it fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus, killing a
16-year-old boy, he said.
Barak spoke with Ban, as Fatah and Hamas
prepare to sign a unity agreement this coming Wednesday. The two groups have yet
to form a government – a process that could take weeks, if not
Ban’s spokesman said on Friday that the secretary-general
welcomed “efforts being made to promote Palestinian reconciliation, and the
important contribution of Egypt in this regard.”
He added that Ban hoped
the “reconciliation will now take place in a manner thatpromotes the cause of peace, security and non-violence.”
Nations will study carefully the agreement as soon as the details are
available,” the spokesman added.
On Friday, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu told Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd during a meeting in
Jerusalem that a unity government not based on the recognition of Israel and the
renunciation of terror, “was a step in the wrong direction.”
added that “Palestinian society was divided into two – between those who called
for the destruction of Israel, and for those who refuse to confront the people
who called for the destruction of Israel.”
“Today, with the proposed
unity government, it is not only that they refuse to confront the people who
call for the destruction of Israel – they have decided to embrace them,” he
Also on Friday, Lieberman urged the European Union to be cautious
in its approach to the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
must demand that Hamas comply with the Quartet conditions, which it helped
formulate,” he said during a telephone conversation with the EU’s High
Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton.
Europe should also
demand that Hamas allow the Red Cross to visit captive soldier Gilad Schalit.
Since Schalit was kidnapped on June 26, 2006, Hamas has not allowed anyone to
Support for the agreement, before Hamas has fulfilled these
conditions, sends a message to the Palestinians that “terror pays,” and it
reduces the chances of reaching a political settlement, Lieberman
The agreement raises serious concerns that Hamas would take over
any territory transferred by Israel to the PA – the same way that it took
control of Gaza, he added.
Earlier on Friday, Lieberman said that the
PA’s partnership with Hamas means that the PA has partnered with
“Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas]
and the PA must understand that it is not possible to be a partner with
terrorists without being a partner to terror,” Lieberman said.
international community must not legitimize the government whose face is the
face of Abu Mazen, and whose arms are the arms of Hamas – who launches missiles
at citizens and stains innocents with blood,” Lieberman said.
traveled to Cyprus to discuss bilateral relations, events in the Middle East and
the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement and its effect on Israeli-Palestinian
President Shimon Peres said Friday that the Hamas-Fatah unity
deal states that the PA will control the West Bank and Hamas will control the
Gaza Strip – contradicting earlier comments by Abbas that the Palestinians would
be ruled by one body.
Peres said that if proposed political platforms
include the destruction of Israel – and continued subordination to Iran – it is
irrelevant what the results for next year’s elections will be.Jerusalem
Post staff contributed to this report.