Wednesday, September 19th | 10 Tishri 5779

Subscribe
October 31, 2017 11:09 am

Palestinian Authority Denies Report of Abbas Demand That Hamas Recognize Israel

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Palestinian Authority Denies Report of Abbas Demand That Hamas Recognize Israel" to a friend

PA President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the UN General Assembly. Photo: UN.

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority (PA) has refuted a report citing an alleged demand by PA President Mahmoud Abbas that members of the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas must recognize Israel if they want to be included in the cabinet of a unity government.

Haaretz had reported Monday that Abbas made the statement during a meeting with 12 former Israeli lawmakers at the PA headquarters in Ramallah.

In response to the report, Abbas’s office said, “The presidency denies the remarks attributed to the president by Haaretz.”

Both the US and Israel stated in October that they would not negotiate with any Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas as long as the terror group refuses to recognize Israel, among other conditions.

Related coverage

September 18, 2018 1:32 pm
0

US: Downing of Russian Military Plane Highlights Need to End Iranian Arms Transfers Through Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said that the downing of a Russian military plane off the coast...

Yet Yahya Sinwar, the political chief of Hamas in Gaza, said on Oct. 19, “Gone is the time in which Hamas discussed recognition of Israel. The discussion now is about when we will wipe out Israel.”

Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah party recently signed a reconciliation agreement that would end PA sanctions on Gaza and restore a PA-controlled government in the coastal territory by Dec. 1.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com