Palestinian Authority: Unity w/Hamas Dedicated to Destroying Israel Does Not Contradict Peace Talks w/Israel

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In the category of things only John Kerry is stupid enough to believe, the Palestinian Authority, or as Obama calls it, Israel’s peace partner, has stated that its latest unity agreement with Hamas, a terror group whose mission statement is destroying Israel, in no way contradicts its peace talks with Israel.

In other news, my enthusiastic support for deporting the entire Palestinian Authority leadership to Antarctica to summer with the polar bears, in no way contradicts my proposed peace talks with them.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel.

Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal.

And he’s showing that by signing a unity agreement with an organization whose position is the exact opposite.

The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the Palestinian parliament.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that Palestinian Authority President Abbas was uninterested in peace talks.

“I said this morning that Abbas needs to choose between peace with Israel and an agreement with Hamas, a murderous terror group that calls for the destruction of the state of Israel and is recognized by the US and the European Union as a terrorist organization,” he said. “Tonight, as talks were still ongoing about the extension of peace negotiations, Abbas chose Hamas and not peace. Whoever chooses Hamas doesn’t want peace.”

But don’t worry, the EU has this covered.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Israel on Friday to bolster the floundering peace talks with the Palestinians by reversing recent measures in regard to the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Ashton said she has “followed with concern” developments in the areas, including the Defense Ministry’s authorization to expand Jewish property holdings in Hebron, the IDF’s claim as state land of 100 hectares in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, and reported Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property in Area C and east Jerusalem.

In a statement, Ashton blasted such steps as “not conducive to the climate of trust and cooperation needed for the current peace negotiations to succeed.”

Why couldn’t Israel do something positive for peace negotiations… like unite with Hamas.

  • Judahlevi

    Let me get this straight…

    The Palestinians Arabs sign a unity pact with a terrorist organization which wants to destroy Israel and this is OK with the Euros.

    But Israel building a few buildings on its own land and the Euros blast Israel for actions which are not “conducive” for peace?

    No one likes, or should ever put up with, hypocritical double standards. The Euros can take a hike.

  • Gee

    Yes building apartments in our capital is evil, but 12,000 rockets fired at our cities elicits absolutely no comment, nor the absolute violation of every treaty that they have ever signed.
    The Eurotrash are no different from Germany in the 1930s and 1940s

    • BEN JABO

      Using the insignia of my Hativah is evil, you didn’t serve in it

  • Slick

    Actually there are no polar bears in the Antarctic, only penguins unfortunately

  • Drakken

    Good, time for you Israeli’s to take off the velvet gloves and put on the ailed fist and let the muslim savages have it in spades. It is either you or them. The muslims will never ever give you peace unless it is the pace of the grave.