Israeli Foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned Wednesday Hamas is on way to controlling Fatah-run the West bank and winning the elections that is expected to be held after Palestinian rivals signed April 23 unity deal.
“Hamas is on its way to taking over the Palestinian Authority, but Israel is determined to prevent Hamas from turning the West Bank into Gaza”, Liberman said.
In an Independence Day speech to foreign diplomats at the President’s Residence Lieberman said, “What we see and hear following yesterday’s meeting between Abu Mazen and Khaled Mashal and what is going on in the West Bank show that Hamas is on its way to taking over the Palestinian Authority.”, he added.
He said: “It doesn’t matter when elections are held, Hamas will win them and the person responsible for that is Abu Mazen whose activities brought Hamas to power in Gaza and now will put Hamas in power in the West Bank as well.”
On April 23, Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in Gaza with the aim of healing the rifts that marred their relations since 2007.
The deal stipulates the formation of a national unity government until legislative and presidential elections are held in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.