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Israel Nixes Negotiations Until Hamas Disarms

Stand for Israel has reported on the recent unity government formed between the terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, noting that there would surely be consequences for Israel, and for any prospect of peace. Now, Ynet News' Moran Azulay and Itamar Eichner report that Israel will not conduct further peace talks with the Palestinians until Hamas has been disarmed:

The Political-Security Cabinet decided Israel will not negotiate with the Palestinians until Hamas is disarmed, it was decided in a meeting called following the Hamas-Fatah recent reconciliation agreement. The decision was made after the agreement did not broach the issue of Hamas disarmament.

The cabinet's decision was unanimous. Despite certain claims during the meeting saying Israel should not completely abdicate its responsibility, the eventual decision reached by all in attendance said Israel's position should negate negotiations to avoid providing Hamas with indirect legitimacy.

"Pursuant to previous decisions, the Israeli government will not politically negotiate with a Palestinian government in which Hamas, a terrorist organization calling for the annihilation of Israel, takes part, so long as the following conditions are not met," the Prime Minister's Office announced Tuesday.

"Hamas must recognize Israel and cease terrorism as per the Quartet's terms, Hamas must disarm, bodies of IDF soldiers and living Israeli civilians must be returned from Gaza, the Palestinian Authority must exert full security control over Gaza, including in border crossings and smuggling prevention, and must continue foiling Hamas's terror plots in the West Bank, Hamas must disengage from Iran and, finally, only finances and humanitarian equipment from the Palestinian Authority will be allowed to enter Gaza," the prime minister described Israel's preconditions...

Tags: Hamas , Peace Process

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