Ministers Ramon, Sheetrit to Vote "No" on Agreement with Hamas

Vice Prime Minister Ramon and Interior Minster Sheetrit, both of Kadima, say they will vote against a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.

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Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon and Interior Minster Meir Sheetrit, both of Kadima, say they will vote against a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. 

Ramon joined the newly-formed Kadima in late 2005 from Labor, and Sheetrit from the Likud.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Sheetrit said Hamas must be fought: "Not breaking the resistance force of Hamas today means that hundreds of thousands of Israelis will be brought within range of Hamas rockets later." 

"A ceasefire agreement with Hamas means that we will soon receive a stronger, more protected, better-armed and better-trained Hamas," Sheetrit said. He warned that cities such as Ashdod, Be'er Sheva and Kiryat Gat could soon be in Hamas-rocket range. 

Sheetrit also said that an Israeli agreement with Hamas could be interpreted as a "green light" to European countries to enter into agreements with Hamas as well.

Ramon: Contacts With Hamas Give Legitimacy to Terrorist Group
Vice PM Chaim Ramon similarly said that the very holding of indirect talks, via Egypt, with Hamas, "is a major mistake, now that we have succeeded in having Hamas isolated diplomatically.  This will legitimize Hamas, and will give an excuse to any country that wants to talk with Hamas."

Ramon said such talks strengthen Hamas at the expense of Fatah.  "There are ways to crush Hamas even without re-conquering Gaza," Ramon said.



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