Israeli PM Netanyahu Sets Conditions for Reconciliation Between Fatah & Hamas

Israel’s prime minister says his country will not accept a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions that puts Israel at risk.

Benjamin Netanyahu says the attempt at reconciliation between the Islamic militant Hamas and the Western-backed Fatah must involve recognizing Israel, disbanding Hamas’ military wing and cutting ties with Hamas’ patron Iran.

At a meeting of his Likud party on Tuesday, Netanyahu said: “We are not prepared to accept bogus reconciliations” in which the Palestinians reconcile “at the expense of our existence.”

The two factions have launched their most ambitious attempt yet at mending a 10-year rift. Israel has held peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah, but considers Hamas a terrorist group.

Source: Associated Press