Israel calls off negotiations with Palestinians after Fatah-Hamas deal

( The Israeli Cabinet unanimously decided to call off peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) following the announcement of a unity deal between PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the terror group Hamas. 

Secretary of State John Kerry with chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat and chief Israeli peace negotiator Tzipi Livni last year. The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have fallen apart after the announcement of a Palestinian unity deal between Fatah and Hamas. Credit: State Department.

“Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen (Abbas) formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization (Hamas) that calls for the destruction of Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office following an emergency cabinet meeting. 

Netanyahu added, “Abu Mazen has formed an alliance with an organization whose covenant calls for Muslims to fight and kill Jews. Hamas has fired more than 10,000 missiles and rockets at Israeli territory and has not halted terrorist actions against Israel even for a minute.”

In addition, the Israeli cabinet announced that it would take unspecified actions in response to unilateral Palestinian actions. Earlier this month, Abbas signed 15 applications to join international organizations and conventions.

On Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said regarding the Fatah-Hamas deal, “It’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist.” 

Posted on April 24, 2014 .