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Abbas: Why Would Israel Reject Palestinian Arab Unity Government?

Abbas claims not to understand why Israel would oppose a unity government of the PLO and Hamas.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking in Ramallah, Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking in Ramallah, Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Hamas and the PLO will announce their Unity Government on Monday, June 2, according to Palestinian Arab media outlet Ma’an.

Acting head of the Palestinian Authority and leader of the Fatah party, Mahmoud Abbas, said the government would be “composed of independents and experts, not members of Fatah or Hamas or any other organization.”

Abbas also responded to claims made by Israel that it would not deal with the Unity Government. Israel has long held the position that it will not negotiate with the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas governing document calls for the destruction of Israel.

One anticipated move Israel may take is to withhold the taxes it collects from Palestinian Arab citizens. Currently, Israel transfers those funds to the PA in a manner analogous to American tourists recovering the VAT at the Israeli airport.

Abbas also claimed that Israel has no right to boycott the national unity government because, just as the current PA and the PLO, the new government will recognize international law and will adopt the same policies the PA has adopted.

“The policy of the (unity) government is our policy. … The government will adopt (the policies) that we have adopted. The government recognizes the state of Israel. The government recognizes international law,” he said.

“Where is the mistake that Israel is opposing this government for?”

“Israel wants to boycott us because we made an agreement with Hamas … but Hamas is part of our people,” he added.

The United States also has prohibitions against providing funding to a government in which Hamas is involved in any substantial way.

A 2012 Appropriations bill restricts U.S. aid from going “to Hamas or any entity effectively controlled by Hamas, any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises undue influence.”

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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38 Responses to “Abbas: Why Would Israel Reject Palestinian Arab Unity Government?”

  1. For starters? Because it would never work.

  2. And number two, because Abbas lies

  3. Abbas talks out of both sides of his mouth. Not a trustworthy guy. His unity partner has vowed to destroy Israel.

  4. James Smith says:

    if Hamas insits on the destruction of Israel, why would they deal with this new coallition?

  5. Cause. Its like Hitler & Stalin getting together U terrorists morons

  6. Gene Strong says:

    Israel must take full control and annex Jerusalem and Gaza. No more Muslim enclaves.

  7. Tracy Ramsey says:

    I say let them try it. Give them ALL the duties and responsibilities though. Let them pick up their own garbage, deliver their own mail, collect their own taxes and treat their own water and sewage. If they want electricity, they can either build their own power plants, pay their Arab neighbors for it, or FINALLY start paying Israel for what they supply them. I’m betting they’ll finally figure out, it’s a hell of a lot different playing at revolution, than having to actually do the real work of building a state. Maybe that’s why they didn’t even pretend to try between ’48 and ’67.

  8. @ Tracy — you know what — this sounds like a good idea while accepting the Jewish State

  9. Sally Penso says:

    Well for starters there iOS no recognition if Israel as a Jewish homeland. Fer tour heads out of your asses

  10. you are a sick *******!

  11. August Ayala says:

    Because there unity is with God Almighty

  12. Helen Moyle says:

    Palestine doesn’t respect Israel.

  13. Cory Detton says:

    The spice n port . It must flow .

  14. Cory Detton says:

    Grow me some thing ship it my way .

  15. Cory Detton says:

    Some salts and such .

  16. Karin Moore says:

    YEAH, SURE THEY WOULD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Oh I don’t know, maybe a few thousand bombs lobed at them since they gave “land for Peace” ??

  18. Why? Because Palestinians cannot be trusted, that is why

  19. Peace means destruction to Israel

  20. Mentally ill, deaf or blind or all of these?

  21. The arabs are that region by império romano and dates recents have the guard of arabs that have concentration the population in region of palestinian deliberate………………………………………………………………………….

  22. Roldan Vadil says:

    Darkness can’t go the same time but if light is brighter the darkness ,no more darkness!

  23. Jean Perles says:

    TERRORISTE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  24. Because they’re smart!

  25. Oh Abu Abu Abass you’re so animated you look like your under Jafars control. Would you trust a character like this??

  26. Take a good look at Abbas' eyes; he would sell his mother's gold teeth, if it served him. "Hamas is part of our people." Well isn't that just precious. The neo-Nazis and Aryan Nation are part of America's people, but you don't see us asking them to the table. No, Abbas, you have stabbed people in the back all your life. You act like a snake, and lie like a snake, ergo, you are a snake. We don't eat pork because we are commanded not to; you don't eat pork because of the cannibal thing and such.

  27. They have a spotty record of following international law, especially Hamas.

  28. Ita Benjamin says:

    Oh, I believe they will hide behind-I mean follow-international law just like they do now.

  29. Joel Keller says:

    Huh? I would like someone to translate Mr. Gomes' post for me, please.

  30. Wendy Noble says:

    would like to know more

  31. Alan Kardon says:

    This man is totally out of touch with reality. I think he must have been kicked in the head by a camel when he was young. Problem is many believe what he says.

  32. Anonymous says:

    You seem to have forgotten that Israel supplies all of the electricity to the Palestinians for free, as well as al of the water. Not to say jobs and free medical care. Israel even allows the Palestinians free reign to come into Israel proper and kill its citizens regardless of age. Once caught, the Israelis release the terrorist prisoners in exchange for an elusive peace. What a deal the Palestinians have, what a deal.Abbas is the shrewd partner in all of these negotiations. I wish Israel had a leader as smart as Abbas.

  33. Abbas speaks with forked tongue,not to be trusted.He is a deceiver,liar,fraudster,murderer and much more.The Pits of Hell are reserved for the likes of him,unlss he repents to Jesus and asks for forgiveness.

  34. Addas been lying so long….the world is pretending he's not. Abbas aligns with a group who sends out suicide boomers and drops missiles when ever they want on Israel killing it's people and children AND EVERYONE PRETENDS IT'S NOT HAPPENING. That's INSANE!!!! Same thing is happening all over the world. In Suddan 270+ girls were kidnapped from their school by Islamic barbarians…No news headlines….where are their defenders??? INSANE!!!! DELUSIONAL!!!! HARD HEARTS/NO HEARTS!!!! BIBLE says in the last days GOD will send a delusion upon people. Folks it's happening……………

  35. Benjamin Fox says:

    Because both are liar's and can't be trust on anything they say.

  36. Judith Dowla says:

    ¨President Abbas, you are a smart man. Surely you can figure that out in reference to your concern with Israel not going along with your association with Hamas. You presented a thorn with the negotiation for peace. It was to be between you and Israel and no others. Maybe you can set things right after meeting with Pope Frances and President Peres at The Vatican on June 8, 2014 in Rome, Italy. Always hope for exactly that what with Muslim priest and rabbi present to mediate if need be. I wish you success. Absolutely.

  37. One reason: Hamas (the word itself) means violence.Israel has experienced enough violence without formally agreeing to deal with a violent partner for the purpose of having a peace deal.Where are our honest Peace Brokers..Obama/Kerry? The impossible is sometimes possible,but let's try to deal with the possible.

  38. I don't recall Abbas every officially recognizing Israel. Did I miss something?

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