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October 2, 2012 6:00 am

Israeli Defense Minister: Hamas Would Rise in West Bank if Abbas Falls

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations. Photo: UN.

JPost – Defense Minister Ehud Barak over the weekend denounced Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s call for the ouster from office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claiming that if the PA regime were to lose influence, then the West Bank would come under Hamas control.

Speaking to associates, Barak said, “Liberman’s comments on the Palestinian Authority and its head do not represent the policy of the Israeli government policy, and harm Israel’s interests. If Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and Salam Fayyad won’t rule Judea and Samaria, as Liberman dreams they won’t, Hamas will.”

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