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Germany dubious on Palestinian unity deal

The Local · 28 Apr 2011, 14:23

Published: 28 Apr 2011 14:23 GMT+02:00

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“Hamas is not a dialogue partner for us because we don’t work with organizations that fight with violence against Israel’s right to exist,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Thursday, daily Tagesspiegel reported on its website.

Germany’s position would not change as long as Hamas maintained its radical stance against the Jewish state, he said. The German government would “now examine most closely” the concrete terms of the agreement between the Palestinian factions, Westerwelle said.

Following a series of secret talks in Egypt, Fatah which governs the West Bank and Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, announced on Wednesday they were putting aside years of bitter rivalry to create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year.

Israel quickly condemned the deal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Fatah could not hope to forge a peace deal with Israel if it pursued a reconciliation accord with Hamas.

"The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both," he said in a televised statement.

The United States is now reconsidering financial aid to the Palestinians, according to The New York Times.

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“As we have said before, the United States supports Palestinian reconciliation on terms which promote the cause of peace,” Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said. “Hamas, however, is a terrorist organization which targets civilians.”

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16:27 April 28, 2011 by bernie1927
Why not at least listen to Hamas? Is Netanyahu now running Germany as well as the US? With these methods there will never be peace in the Mideast.
16:51 April 28, 2011 by jmclewis
If you buy this I have a nice island for sale. They want some more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
18:15 April 28, 2011 by vonkoenigsberg
Israel would be happy to see all of the palastinians wiped out, and vice versa. There is little possibility for peace in that region. Many see Israel's state as an artificially created home for the Jews, forged from Britain's military and built on the original occupants' blood. Forgiveness and reconciliation are words ommited from Jewish and Palistinian vocabulary.
21:28 April 28, 2011 by melbournite
I suspect Fatah and Hamas (the duly elected goverment) are only doing this because of the rebellious mood currently sweeping the Arab World. Because its mainly democracy and dignity that the people want. Surely we are not against that. If Germany, the US and Israel dont want democracy for the Palestinians they should say so openly. If they dont like who the Palestinians vote for then maybe they should stop bombing them and give them back the rights they stole from them
03:39 April 29, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Good for the German government. Israel isn't going anywhere. Daily indiscriminate rocket attacks and murdering are what Hamas is about.
09:40 April 29, 2011 by emilf
bernie1927 was wondering

"Why not at least listen to Hamas?"

To understand "why not" just read the Hamas charter of 1988 which starts with

"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it"

Regarding the peace process (from the same charter):

"Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. "
15:18 May 2, 2011 by Katzerina
It's so mind boggling to me that we now refer to the Palestinians not as jews, but as arabs. This is part and parcel of a very efficient modern propaganda machine... hilarious when one considers the jewish newspaper of record used to be called "The Palestinian Post." There are no Palestinian people, the area of Palestine was was always a jurisdiction, which included Jordan. One doesn't even need to go back to Roman rule when the term Palestinian was used in a derrogatory manner for the jews. Go back in time to the mid 19th century, and even the journalist Karl Marx referred to the 2/3rd population of jews as Palestinians. Even during the British mandate, it was the jews who were called Palestinians...unfortunately the Brits allowed Arabs from across the continent to migrate. What's generally lost in the argument, are polls that show Arabs who live in the State of Israel are extremely happy. They have democratic rights, and most importantly JOBS! Of course despotic Arab regimes don't like the idea of having a democratic state in the midst of repressive nations.
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