U.S. Supports Israel’s Decision to Discontinue Peace Talks with Palestinians

State Department spokeswoman agrees that Israel can’t be expected “to negotiate with a gov’t that does not believe in its right to exist.”

By Elad Benari

 

The United States on Wednesday expressed support for Israel’s decision to cancel a planned session of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, in the wake of an announced Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal.

John Kerry with Jen Psaki at right -Photo: Reuters

“It’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, according to AFP.

She added that any Palestinian government must commit “unambiguously” to the principles of non-violence and to Israel’s existence.

The deal between Hamas and Fatah aims to put an end to a long and bloody rivalry, which boiled over seven years ago when Hamas seized control of Gaza from the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to issue a “presidential decree” announcing the dates for elections, which PA officials said would likely take place within the next six months.

Meanwhile in Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday evening that he would be convening the inner diplomacy-security cabinet Thursday morning, to discuss the agreement between Fatah and Hamas and whether or not to continue contacts with the PA.

Earlier Wednesday evening, Netanyahu called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had pushed the sides back to the negotiating table back in July, and presented Israel’s position regarding Hamas-Fatah deal.

Netanyahu told Kerry that the pact “shows that the Palestinians are repeating a familiar pattern” of “running away from decisions.”

He repeated his public statement to the effect that “whoever makes peace with Hamas cannot make peace with Israel.”

On Tuesday, Abbas repeated his threats to disband the PA if peace talks remain stuck, and also demanded a three-month Israeli construction freeze as a condition for talks to continue.

 

View original Arutz Sheva publication at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/179856#.U1hbyldTrKB

One comment

  1. Shlomi says:

    That is what is happening eventually when back than in Oslo they took a Terrorist wirh blood on his hands,dressed him nicely,couched him and wraped him nicely ( Arafat) and gave him and his murderous organization the legitimation of a State……20 years later its backed fired and eill continue so time and again,until there will be a new Palestinian leadership which carefully and toughtfully will put their murderous insightful past and start over the negotioatians with the real concerns for both Israeli side and their own,until than the so called invented people that chouse to call themselfs Palestinians will be suffering,failing,and going backwards while their fake leaders getting money from EU,USA,Arab league and using it for the same failed tactics of deligimitization of Israel,educating their childrens to hate Jews,discredit and attack Jews and Israel and continue their terror again the same people they want to make agreement with……!
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