Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quoted this week’s parsha, which states, “Vayokom melech chodosh al Mitzrayim – And there arose a new king over Egypt” and warned of a Hamas takeover of Ramallah.
At a meeting of the Bible Circle held by the Prime Minister in memory of his late father-in-law, he said, “Like then, like today. In Egypt, the regime has been replaced, in Syria the regime is being shaken and this could also happen in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria. Everyone knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority. It could happen after an agreement, it could happen before an agreement, like it happened in Gaza.”
Without mentioning President Shimon Peres by name, Netanyahu referred to the President’s remarks on Sunday, when he urged Israel to resume peace talks with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The President called him a willing peace partner with whom an agreement could be reached. Netanyahu said, “Therefore, as opposed to the voices that I have heard recently urging me to run forward, make concessions, [and] withdraw, I think that the diplomatic process must be managed responsibly and sagaciously and not in undue haste. Otherwise a third base for Iranian terrorism will arise here, in the heart of the country. Peace can be achieved only when security is assured.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.