Peres: Hamas impediment to peace

An agreement with Hamas – a terrorist organization – jeopardizes the prospects for an independent Palestinian state, Israeli President Shimon Peres said.

“Israel would like to see the Palestinian people become united for peace,” Peres said of the recently formed coalition between Hamas and Fatah.

“This is not an agreement this is a split. Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization. According to this agreement Hamas doesn’t have to change their charter that calls for the destruction of Israel, they can continue to shoot at us as they did when firing on a yellow school bus. Hamas is a branch of Iran – Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah want a union for war, Mr. Abbas wants a union for peace.”

Peres, in a personal plea to Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah leadership said: “I call upon my friends in the leadership of Fatah: unite for peace, don’t make compromises, don’t permit a division that legitimizes destruction and hatred. We were for peace, we are for peace and we are committed to a two-state solution.”

Peres also said the plan to have the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state is journalized by the union.

“The United Nations cannot accept or recognize a terrorist organization as a state in September,” he said.

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