[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: Dear Reader - Is it clear to you from the text
below that the very existence of missiles in the Gaza Strip is a gross
violation of the WRITTEN obligations and commitments that the PA claims it
will honor? (WAFA, the official PLO news agency reported that Mahmoud Abbas
said today: "stressing the new government’s commitment to the obligations
of the Palestinian Authority and all previously signed agreements").
Today we have much of the world (and even some members of Israel's ruling
coalition) taking a "wait and see" stance. Why aren't we raising the bar to
where it should be according to the signed agreement? ]
Security Cabinet Decision
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
The Security Cabinet, this evening (Monday, 2 June 2014), unanimously
1. To continue acting in accordance with its 24 April 2014 decision (see
below) and to not negotiate with a Palestinian government that relies on
Hamas, a terrorist organization which calls for the destruction of Israel;
2. To act, including in the international arena, against the participation
of terrorist organizations in elections;
3. To authorize the Prime Minister to impose additional sanctions on the
4. To hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for all actions that harm
the security of Israel which originate in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip;
5. To form a team to consider ways of action given the new reality that has
been created and ahead of diplomatic and security situations that will be
created in the future.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
"Today, Abu Mazen said yes to terrorism and no to peace. This is the direct
continuation of Abu Mazen's policy of refusing peace. While Israel has
carried out courageous and painful steps on behalf of the diplomatic process
and continues to be committed to peace, Abu Mazen has refused to extend the
negotiations, has rejected the American framework document, continues to
incite against Israel, has unilaterally acceded to UN treaties and has now
forged a pact with the Hamas terrorist organization.
Abu Mazen has forged a pact with the Hamas organization, which is
responsible for the murder of over 1,000 innocent Israelis and the firing of
thousands of missiles at Israeli cities.
Abu Mazen has forged a pact with Hamas, an organization which has been
declared a terrorist organization in the US, Europe, Egypt and throughout
the world, and which completely rejects the international community's
conditions. The international community needs to treat it accordingly.
In recent days, the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization have
reiterated their commitment to the path of terrorism and to the elimination
of the State of Israel.
The agreement with Hamas makes Abu Mazen directly responsible for the
terrorism emanating from Gaza.
The State of Israel will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a
Palestinian government that relies on Hamas, a terrorist organization that
calls for the destruction of Israel."
Security Cabinet Statement 24/04/2014
The Cabinet today, unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a
Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls
for Israel's destruction.
In addition, Israel will respond to unilateral Palestinian action with a
series of measures.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
"Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen formed an alliance with a murderous
terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.
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.
The agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas was signed even as Israel is
making efforts to advance the negotiations with the Palestinians. It is the
direct continuation of the Palestinians' refusal to advance the
negotiations. Only last month Abu Mazen rejected the framework principles
proposed by the United States. Abu Mazen has refused to even discuss
recognizing Israel as the national state of the Jewish People. He violated
existing agreements by unilaterally applying to accede to international
treaties and then formed an alliance with Hamas.
Whoever chooses the terrorism of Hamas does not want peace."