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Haaretz: Abbas said that the Ministers from Hamas have to recognize Israel

The President of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) met in Ramallah with a group of former members of the Knesset. The Israeli delegation consisted of 12 people, including Amram Mitzna, Ophir pines, Ghaleb Majadele, Colette Avital and Taleb al-Sana.

According to the newspaper Haaretz, Abbas stated that a condition of the accession of Hamas to the Palestinian government of national unity will be the recognition of the right of Israel to exist. He also stated that all armed forces must obey one command.

The Palestinian leader said that the US administration needs to make a statement in support of the principle of «two States for two peoples.» He criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blaming him for the stalemate in the peace process.

Note that at this stage, all steps aimed at Palestinian settlement, are declarative. Despite the visit of the government of the Palestinian authority in the Gaza strip, he still is under the control of Hamas. Is not defined and the date of the election.

17 October meeting of the military-political Cabinet of Israel, dedicated to the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, it was decided not to return to the negotiating table with the Palestinians until, until disbanded military wing of Hamas («Izaddina brigades of al-Qassam»). The press service of the office of the Prime Minister issued a statement which lists all the conditions put forward by Israel to continue negotiations with the PA. In particular, the negotiations cannot be started as long as Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and will not stop the terror in accordance with the decision of the middle East Quartet. Israel insists on the dismantling of the paramilitary wing of Hamas and the return of the bodies of the dead soldiers and civilians, forcibly detained in the Gaza strip. Peace negotiations can begin only after Palestinian authority will assume full responsibility for security in Gaza and work of border crossings and the Palestinian security services will prevent the smuggling of weapons into the Palestinian enclave. In addition, Palestinian security forces must destroy the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas in Judea and Samaria. In addition, Israel requires from Hamas to sever all ties with Iran, and cash and humanitarian aid to Gaza should be controlled by the Palestinian authority and bodies established for these purposes. The decision was supported by all members of the military-political Cabinet.

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Haaretz: Abbas said that the Ministers from Hamas have to recognize Israel
30.10.2017

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