Abbas will have to choose
Op-ed: PA leader can’t have it both ways; he can make peace with either Hamas or Israel
Yigal B. Caspi
Hamas and Fatah, the ruling faction in the Palestinian Authority, signed an agreement in Doha, Qatar on 6 February 2012 to form an interim unity government. According to the agreement, PA President and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas will head the government, replacing the current Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, who is supported by the West.
implementing the so-called reconciliation agreement that the two Palestinian factions signed in Cairo in May 2011.
Don’t reward terror
The international Quartet (US, EU, Russia and UN) set out three requirements for any Palestinian government, specifically the renunciation of terrorism, the recognition of Israel's right to exist and the recognition of signed agreements between the Palestinians and Israel. Hamas has not accepted these minimal conditions of the international community and gives no sign that it will ever be willing to do so.
Yigal B. Caspi is Deputy-Director General for Media and Public Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem