Israel FM says Palestinian deal crosses ‘red line’

Ed note–do not be fooled by Israel’s latest theatrics concerning this ‘reconciliation’ between Hamas and Fatah. She could not be happier, because now she can claim that Hamas controls the PA, which means that all talks of ‘peace’ are off the table. Then, when something goes “BOOM” in some enclave of Jewish settler nutcases and is blamed on Hamas, Israel will have the excuse she needs for a full-scale invasion of the West Bank in further “cleansing” the area of non-Jews. 

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Palestinian unity deal agreed in Cairo crossed “a red line,” Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday, warning that an array of measures could be taken against the Palestinian Authority.

“With this accord, a red line has been crossed,” the ultra-nationalist foreign minister told Israel’s military radio a day after the Palestinian parties announced a surprise reconciliation agreement.

“We have at our disposal a vast arsenal of measures including the lifting of VIP status for Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad, which will not allow them to move freely,” he said referring to president Mahmud Abbas and his prime minister.

“We could also freeze the transfer of taxes collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority,” added Lieberman, who leads the Israel Beitenu party in the coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

After 18 months of largely fruitless reconciliation talks, delegations from Hamas and Fatah meeting in Cairo on Wednesday announced a deal to form an interim unity government with a view to holding presidential and legislative elections within a year.

The deal raises the prospect of an end to the devastating political divide that has seen the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority govern the West Bank while the Islamist Hamas movement controls the Gaza Strip.

But the agreement was criticised by Israel, with Netanyahu warning on Wednesday, shortly after the deal was announced, that Abbas must “choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas.”

Lieberman said the reconciliation deal would mean the “freeing of hundreds of Hamas terrorists detained by the Palestinian Authority in Judaea and Samaria” — the biblical name for the West Bank.

He said the elections envisaged under the agreement would allow Hamas “to take control of Judaea and Samaria.”

Lieberman said he wanted to see the international community insist that any unity government comply with conditions announced by the Middle East peacemaking Quartet, which includes the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia.

“We hope that the whole international community will maintain the conditions imposed by the Quartet on the Palestinians, which means an end to violence, recognition of Israel and past agreements, and Hamas does not accept any of these conditions,” he said.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said “the latest events do nothing but reinforce the necessity of relying only on ourselves.

“The army and the security services will use an iron fist to deal with any threat and challenge,” he warned.

  1. #1 by Diane Conti-Tuncay on 04/30/2011 - 9:34

    Who the hell is Israel to determine ‘red lines’ or restrictions for anyone or country?

  2. #2 by Digger on 04/30/2011 - 9:34

    A big thank you Mark for guiding the likes of myself who are not political heads and may have easily tripped up on the spin of these articles.

    I should know by now their crafty tactics, but I don’t always initially see their overall game plan.

    The audios and overview you and your guests provide are an invaluable tool to those of us who are monitoring global events.

    What would we do without insightful people such as yourself.

  3. #3 by funky d on 05/01/2011 - 9:34

    this now gives the VILE DISGUSTING DESPICABLE DEGENERATIVE RACIST TALMUDIST SUPREMACIST MURDEROUS PARASITIC TERRORIST HOLOCAUSTING REPTILLIAN ILLEGAL JEWISH MONSTROSITY OF A STATE an excuse to do unto the west bank as it is doing unto gaza. that is murdering the people slowly via the means of a concentration camp. this means less weapons will be wasted by them on killing, and it also allows the mainstream media to cover things up better when there is less blood shed of innocents.

  4. #4 by Ingrid B. on 05/01/2011 - 9:34

    Diane, I have been asking that same question for years, could never understand what, or who, gave those psychopathic monsters the right to decide over the Palestinians. I think military strength, brute force and intimidation were factors plus support from the US and cooperation from the PA.. Things are, hopefully, changing for the better..

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