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Netanyahu: Israel won’t negotiate with Palestinian version of al-Qaida

Israeli premier attempting to lobby European leaders against Hamas-Fatah reconciliation; 'To Abbas I say - leave the podium and come back to path of peace. To Hamas I don’t say anything', declares Netanyahu.


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May 4, 2011 | 1:45 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel will not negotiate with a “Palestinian version of Al-Qaida”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.

The Israeli premier plans to impart the same message to French President Nicolas Sarkozy during their meeting on Thursday, in the wake of the Islamist Hamas movement’s reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction.

“Declaring statehood in September is a dictate—and you don’t achieve peace through dictates. It’s a very bad idea,” Netanyahu told Cameron during their talks in London.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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