Netanyahu: Abbas Must Choose Between Israel and Hamas


netanyahu-abbas Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu warned PA President Mahmoud Abbas today that a reported reconciliation deal with the Hamas terrorist organization ruling Gaza would mean the end of the current, U.S.-mediated effort to negotiate a peace deal.

“Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he’s moving into peace with Hamas,” Netanyahu said. “He [Abbas] has to choose: Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn’t done so.”

Netanyahu told visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Yerushalayim that Israel was trying to extend peace negotiations with the Palestinians beyond their April 29 deadline, but blamed Abbas for “raising additional conditions.”

{ Israel News Bureau}