Olmert warns of Hamas-controlled PA

"The moment Hamas assumes power, Israel to play by completely different rules."

By JPOST STAFF, AP
February 12, 2006 15:03
1 minute read.
hania smiles with hamas child. sick stuff 298 ap

hania smiles with hamas . (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that "the moment the Palestinian parliament is sworn in, the Palestinian Authority becomes a Hamas Authority." The moment that Hamas assumes power, Olmert added, "Israel [would] play by completely different rules. The acting prime minister reiterated the government's demands that Hamas put a stop to terrorism; recognize Israel; and honor existing agreements between Israel and the PA. The outgoing PA parliament was scheduled to convene on Monday to pass a number of laws before Hamas assumes power, one of which would grant the PA prime minister the authority to disperse a sitting parliament if he sees fit, Israel Radio reported. Earlier Sunday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni urged the international community to stand firm against Hamas, which confirmed Saturday that it plans to travel to Moscow this month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The Russian position is currently not accepted in the international community," Livni told Israel Radio. "Part of the danger is going down the slippery slope of first talks, then starting to understand why, then financial support, then granting legitimacy. Action should be taken against this phenomenon." Livni cautioned the world against accepting "vague" Hamas statements. "There is no negotiation here with Hamas about what it will and will not agree to," she said. "The conditions here are very clear, the situation is black and white." Hamas said it did not expect Russia to impose conditions for the planned trip, despite US calls for Moscow to send a clear message that Hamas must halt attacks on Israel and recognize the Jewish state.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN