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September 19, 2012 2:22 am

Hamas Calls for Abbas to Resign After he says Israel Founded to ‘Remain’

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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. Photo: WEF.

Hamas demanded the resignation of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas after Abbas said Israel was founded in order to remain and not in order to vanish” as the result of a nuclear war with Iran, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported Sept. 18.

“We have condemned such statements coming from Israeli leaders, so we must certainly [condemn them] when made by a Palestinian,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, who called the comments “a shock to the Palestinian people.”

Abbas made his remark during a recent meeting in Ramallah with a group of rabbis led by former Israel Minister of Social & Diaspora Affairs Michael Melchior, according to MEMRI. The PA leader, while saying Israel should not “vanish,” maintained that the Jewish state’s existence “should not be at the expense of the absent Palestinian state.” Nevertheless, Hamas disavowed the comments.

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