MK Katz: Unity gov't aims to obliterate Israel

MK Yisrael Katz (Likud) on Thursday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to sever all contact with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, since the new PA unity government's platform calls to continue the armed struggle against Israel, Israel Radio reported. According to a description of the unity government's platform on two Hamas Web sites, "The government confirms that the resistance is a legitimate right for the Palestinian people ... halting resistance depends on ending the occupation and achieving freedom and [the right of] return and independence." Katz said that this was essentially a call to obliterate the State of Israel. In Katz's words, it has once again been proven that Abbas and Hamas are one unit, at least as far as the struggle against Israel is concerned. AP contributed to this report.