Thursday, April 28, 2011

Septet decides: No peace talks with Fatah-Hamas government

The forum of seven senior ministers decided Thursday it would not hold peace talks with a joint Fatah-Hamas government, which is expected to be established after the two rivals declare reconciliation.

The decision contrasted a statement by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day, who said that his government would continue to pursue peace negotiations with Israel despite the truce agreement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and the other ministers of the forum held a number of consultations Thursday on developments in the Palestinian Authority's leadership, at the end of which they decided not to hold talks with any government of which Hamas is a part.
"If the situation changes and Hamas alters its ways and recognizes Israel, then we'll see, In the meantime there will be no talks or negotiations with the Palestinians until the picture becomes clearer", a political source said.