(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his lack of confidence in Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas as a peace partner on Thursday after Abbas met with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal in Cairo as part of a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation effort mediated by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
“Abbas embraces the head of a terrorist organization that declared just one month ago that Israel needs to be wiped off the map,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom. “That is not how someone with their eyes toward peace behaves.”
Meanwhile, President Shimon Peres rekindled his recently controversial support for the PA as a peace partner.
“I do not accept the assertion that Mahmoud Abbas is not a good negotiating partner,” Peres told the New York Times Magazine. “In my mind, he is an excellent partner. Our military people describe to me the extent to which the Palestinian forces are cooperating with us to combat terror.”