Israel Security Cabinet Vows to Oppose Hamas; Netanyahu: ‘Today, Abu Mazen Said Yes to Terrorism and No to Peace’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday railed against the new Fatah-Hamas unity pact, as his government’s Security Cabinet unanimously voted to continue to uphold international sanctions against Hamas, as a terror group, while holding the Palestinian Authority responsible for “all actions that harm the security of Israel” due to the inclusion Hamas, which has not renounced violence.
In a statement, the government said the Security Cabinet voted to “continue acting in accordance with its 24 April 2014 decision and to not negotiate with a Palestinian government with backing from Hamas, a terrorist organization which calls for the destruction of Israel.”
It vowed to “act, including in the international arena, against the participation of terrorist organizations in elections” and to “authorize the Prime Minister to impose additional sanctions on the Palestinian Authority.”
Because of Fatah’s decision to ally with Hamas, Netanyahu’s government will also “hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for all actions that harm the security of Israel which originate in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.”
The Security Cabinet also voted to “form a team to consider ways of action given the new reality that has been created and ahead of diplomatic and security situations that will be created in the future.”
In his own statement, Netanyahu said, “Today, Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] said yes to terrorism and no to peace. This is the direct continuation of Abu Mazen’s policy of refusing peace.”
“While Israel has carried out courageous and painful steps on behalf of the diplomatic process and continues to be committed to peace, Abu Mazen has refused to extend the negotiations, has rejected the American framework document, continues to incite against Israel, has unilaterally acceded to UN treaties and has now forged a pact with the Hamas terrorist organization.”
“Abu Mazen has forged a pact with the Hamas organization, which is responsible for the murder of over 1,000 innocent Israelis and the firing of thousands of missiles at Israeli cities,” he said.
“Abu Mazen has forged a pact with Hamas, an organization which has been declared a terrorist organization in the US, Europe, Egypt and throughout the world, and which completely rejects the international community’s conditions. The international community needs to treat it accordingly.”
“In recent days, the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization have reiterated their commitment to the path of terrorism and to the elimination of the State of Israel. The agreement with Hamas makes Abu Mazen directly responsible for the terrorism emanating from Gaza.”
Netanyahu said, “The State of Israel will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government with backing from Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.”