Hamas to Abbas: Elections Spell End of Peace Talks

Hamas reacts to Netanyahu victory, saying results should convince PA to forget the 'absurd peace talks' with Israel.

Ari Yashar ,

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
Flash 90

As elections results finalize and signify a resounding victory for Likud, the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza commented on the process.

Hamas called on Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas to abandon peace talks with Israel, after the latter previously indicated he would be willing to resume negotiations after the elections.

"The results are enough to convince the (Palestinian) Authority to forget a continuation of the absurd peace talks," Hamas stated.

The last round of talks, which were prodded onward by US Secretary of State John Kerry, collapsed last April when the PA torpedoed them in sealing a unity deal with Hamas, after previously taking unilateral steps for international recognition in breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Tuesday night responded to the elections as well, vowing to continue those unilateral breaches of the Accords that formed the PA.

"It is clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government, so we say clearly that we will go to the International Criminal Court in the Hague and we will speed up, pursue and intensify" all diplomatic efforts, he told AFP.

The PA recently tried to pass a UN Security Council resolution forcing an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, which failed to secure enough votes in order to pass.

The PA followed up that move by presenting a request to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). Israel responded by freezing the transfer of tax revenues collected for the PA, in response to which Erekat accused Israel of trying to topple the PA.



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