Israel Eyes Latest Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation Moves

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Israeli diplomatic officials, viewing the latest Hamas-Fatah reconciliation moves, say, "Hamas is trying to gain international legitimacy without accepting Israel's right to exist, without disarming, and without accepting the Quartet principles" to accept previous agreements and forswear terrorism. They say Hamas "remains a ruthless, mass-murdering terrorist organization that seeks Israel's destruction." Construction Minister Yoav Gallant, a member of the security cabinet and a former IDF major general, said, Israel "will judge any kind of conversation between Hamas and the Fatah organization according to specific parameters. First of all, are they willing to accept the existence of Israel in this area? Second, are they going to stop shooting and terrorist actions against Israel? And third, do they look to a future of Palestinians and Jews living side by side in this area? If the answer to these questions is positive, there is a lot to talk about. If the answer to these questions is negative, nothing has changed and this is only a camouflage."

2017-10-03 00:00:00

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