Gaza, ALRAY - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed on Tuesday his frustration over the Palestinian Authority reconciliation agreement with Hamas.
“If Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas insists on the reconciliation agreement with Hamas, we will blame him on every rocket fired from the Gaza Strip,” he threatened.
He added during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kashia in Tokyo, “ we have seen negative changes since the Palestinian Authority signed agreement with Hamas that aims to destroy us.”
“We will remain committed to push the peace process forward; peace can be achieved only through negotiations,” He added.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, for his part, said, “Abbas is not interested in reaching an agreement with Israel.”
On April 23, the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of political division between the largest two Palestinian parties, with a national unity government to be set in place within five weeks.
The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections.
In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.
The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been unimplemented.