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Israel to Hold Abbas ‘Directly Responsible’ for Gaza Terror

'The agreement with Hamas makes Abu Mazen directly responsible for the terrorism emanating from Gaza.'
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heads to security cabinet meeting with National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror. (archive)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heads to security cabinet meeting with National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror. (archive)
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Israel’s security cabinet voted unanimously at an emergency meeting in Jerusalem Monday night to hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for any harm to the security of Israel originating from Judea, Samaria or Gaza.

The cabinet issued five specific decisions in a communique issued at about the same time a PA Arab terrorist opened fire at a group of IDF soldiers near Tapuach Junction in Samaria (Shomron). The attack followed an attempted suicide bombing at the same site — miraculously foiled — just three days ago.

The cabinet unanimously decided:

1. To continue acting in accordance with its April 24, 2014 decision not to negotiate with a PA government backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization which calls for the destruction of Israel; and to respond to unilateral Palestinian action with a series of measures;

2. To act, including in the international arena, against the participation of terrorist organizations in elections;

3. To authorize the Prime Minister to impose additional sanctions on the Palestinian Authority;

4. To hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for all actions that harm the security of Israel which originate in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip; and

5. To form a team to consider ways of action given the new reality that has been created and ahead of diplomatic and security situations that will be created in the future.

“Today, Abu Mazen (PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas) said ‘yes’ to terrorism and ‘no’ to peace,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement following the meeting.

“This is the direct continuation of Abu Mazen’s policy of refusing peace. While Israel has carried out courageous and painful steps on behalf of the diplomatic process and continues to be committed to peace, Abu Mazen has refused to extend the negotiations, has rejected the American framework document, continues to incite against Israel, has unilaterally acceded to United Nations treaties and has now forged a pact with the Hamas terrorist organization.

“Abu Mazen has forged a pact with the Hamas organization, which is responsible for the murder of over 1,000 innocent Israelis and the firing of thousands of missiles at Israeli cities.

“Abu Mazen has forged a pact with Hamas, an organization which has been declared a terrorist organization in the U.S., Europe, Egypt and throughout the world, and which completely rejects the international community’s conditions. The international community needs to treat it accordingly.

“In recent days, the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization have reiterated their commitment to the path of terrorism and to the elimination of the State of Israel.

“The agreement with Hamas makes Abu Mazen directly responsible for the terrorism emanating from Gaza.

“The State of Israel will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government with backing from Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department confirmed to reporters on Monday that it had decided it would indeed work together with the new PA unity government after all.

“Based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki at a briefing with reporters.

“We will continue to evaluate the composition and policies of the new government and if needed, we will recalibrate our approach.”

She added that the U.S. would continued to provide financial aid to the PA and would judge the new government “by its actions.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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11 Responses to “Israel to Hold Abbas ‘Directly Responsible’ for Gaza Terror”

  1. It’s ok your daddy the U.S. will and the rest of the world will

  2. Arin Tanner says:

    Our US Govt is evil and just soooo STUPID! :(

  3. Israel on its way to the right path. The US–every stone age guerrilla and terrorist group over the last 60 years has made the US its bitch. The rest of the world fear terrorists and cower except Israel. If Abbas is responsible exact punishment on him and Hamas as Israel should. This terrorist crap needs to end and the supporters of Hamas, the PA and others need to be given a statement that they will understand.

  4. The labeling of Begin as a terrorist is based on his activities against the British government in Palestine in the mid-1940s. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was the British who first labeled Begin a terrorist. This label lost much of its force in the late 1970s, when Begin became Israel’s prime minister. Today, whether he was a terrorist or not is still debated. One countries terrorist is another countries hero.

  5. Great decision Israel

  6. Edinson Mota says:

    GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  7. Make it clear to Abbas that Israel will be comig fo him if another Jew is killed by terror orgaisations.

  8. Benjamin Fox says:

    One more rocket into Israel from Gaza, blow it off the map.

  9. Judith Dowla says:

    An issue and matter to be discussed on all wave lengths with perhaps an international court of law preceding if that seems to be the best idea.

  10. Judith Dowla says:

    Brian, we need to be careful that no copycat killers ascend to the role of sniper let alone outsiders hiring others just to make trouble and take the heat off themselves or are vengeful let alone a bounty hunter or mercenary. What some people will do to get others in trouble more trouble then they are already in.

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