Lieberman: World should not recognize new Palestinian government

Egypt invites Palestinian leaders to sign unity agreement in Cairo next week; FM Lieberman says international community should not legitimize a government that includes Hamas.


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Friday on world countries not to recognize the Palestinian government to be set up after the Islamist Hamas and the mainstream Fatah movements announced a reconciliation deal.

“The international community must not legitimize the government whose face is the face of (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) and whose arms are the arms of Hamas, who launches missiles at citizens and stains innocents with blood,” he told Cypriot President Emetris Christofias during a meeting in Nicosia, according to a statement issued by his office after the meeting.

Avigdor Lieberman, Yisrael Beiteinu Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Photo by: Emil Salman

Representatives from Hamas and Fatah announced in Cairo on Wednesday night their intention to reconcile, after a four-year-long bitter and at times violent rift, which saw Hamas administering the Gaza Strip and the West Bank under the control of the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian officials said on Friday that Egypt has invited Palestinian leaders to Cairo next week for the signing of the reconciliation agreement.

The invitation from Egypt, received by factional leaders in the Gaza Strip, said the three-day ceremony will start May 2 and end with the official signing by Abbas and Damascus-based Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian officials.

The agreement, if implemented, will see the Hamas government in Gaza, and the West Bank government headed by Salam Fayyad, replaced by an interim unity government consisting of “professional” figures, which will prepare for Palestinian elections.

Israel has said it will not negotiate with the new government unless Hamas accepts the demands of the so-called Quartet of the U.S., the EU, Russia and the UN, to renounce violence, honor past Israeli-Palestinian agreements, and accept the Jewish state’s right to exist.

Lieberman told Christofias that the “inability” of the international community to obtain one declaration from the UN Security Council condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown on
demonstrators, made Israelis wonder whether the international community could be relied on for “balanced and honest considerations in regards to the situation between Israel and the Palestinians.”

“This feeling is currently being strengthened by the conciliatory approach, in opposition to the Quartet’s decision, taken by some countries towards Hamas – a terror organization whose declared, primary aim is the destruction of Israel,” he said.

President Shimon Peres also commented on the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, telling Israel Radio on Friday morning that, contrary to Palestinian claims, the reconciliation deal foresees Hamas continuing to control the Gaza Strip and the PA the West Bank.

He said that if, in preparation for the Palestinian elections, political platforms call for the destruction of Israel, and continued subservience toward Iran, the results of the poll would be irrelevant.

  1. #1 by mark from kentucky on April 30, 2011 - 2:38 am

    What a ridicules argument for these Israeli “Leaders” to make. No country has a right to exist!
    Only nations are formed in accordance with the consent of the people who live in them.
    If by the consent of the average Israeli is for the absolute destruction of the whole Gentile race (with the only exception being ones who will serve them) then how can the Palestinians accept Israel as a state? You noticed I said Gentiles. Not Muslims nor Arabs here! Because the Jewish states building blocks are of racial supremacy. From it’s very inception in 1948. It has been just as fanatical and has been as diabolical as anything we were told that came out of Nazi Germany. Rather it be right or wrong. According to the historical facts.
    For these Israeli leaders to insist that all the different countries including United States. To insist that the Palestinians to acknowledge Israels “right to exist” would not only be giving there consent to kill them. But the rest of us to! With the only exception being the ones who serve them of course. If only the people of West and places of East would just understand that the true debate is not rather Israel has a right to exist or not. But rather it being a state at the exclusion of are lives or not. Only then when the world truly understands the nature of this debate we will have peace. Because I’m certain of what the worlds collective decision will be and Israel would settle into a page of agent history.

  2. #2 by funky d on April 30, 2011 - 2:48 am

    the whole world should not recognise or even tolerate VILE DISGUSTING DESPICABLE DEGENERATIVE RACIST TALMUDIST SUPREMACIST MURDEROUS PARASITIC TERRORIST HOLOCAUSTING REPTILLIAN ILLEGAL JEWISH MONSTROSITY OF A STATE. no decent human being does so, but the problem is that the so called leaders and the mainstream media are not decent human beings.

    as for this particular individual, he is so odious even some of his fellow parasitic tribal members are sick of him and think he is FULL OF SH*T.

  3. #3 by Ingrid B. on April 30, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    The leaders and media who line up to kiss the Zionist backside must know the truth, must know what the Zionist entity is all about, so why do they prostrate themselves before this parasitic monstrosity?

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