Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Negotiate With Palestinians Should If Hamas Joins Government


netanyahuIsraeliĀ Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu commented Sunday on the recent moves by Fatah and Hamas to set up a unity government, saying that Israel would not negotiate with the Palestinians should such a government be established.

“If Hamas joins the Palestinian government we will not hold negotiations with the Palestinian Authority,” said Netanyahu in a speech at a conference for Israeli ambassadors.

He added that he is ready to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas anytime, anywhere, in order to renew negotiations.

“The peace process can only advance while maintaining security arrangements, which is becoming more difficult in light of the current situation in the region,” Netanyahu added.

Last week, Abbas met with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Cairo and set the ground for Hamas to join the Palestine Liberation Organization. During the discussions, Hamas and Fatah decided to form a unity government by the end of January 2012, and that the Palestinian parliament, including both Fatah and Hamas legislators, will begin operating in February.

{Haaretz/ Newscenter}


  1. Any excuse not to negotiate – while building new settlements. There’s a brick wall up ahead and we’re driving at it as fast as we can go.

  2. The brick wall are the terrorists out for blood and those that enbcourage them (like the current administration).

    What’s undemocratic is killing people. Its also undemocratic and sets democracy back when you don’t hold them responsible for their actions. Cause and affect is the first tennent of democracy (vote and its results…)