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Netanyahu Slams Palestinian Reconciliation Efforts, Says They Should Include Interests Of Israel

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Netanyahu Slams Palestinian Reconciliation Efforts, Says They Should Include Interests Of Israel

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke against Palestinian National Authority’s continued reconciliation efforts on October 3.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel won’t accept the appeasement where the Palestinian side is reconciling at Israel’s expense, adding that anyone who discusses a peace process must recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Haaretz reports.

According to the Prime Minister, the prerequisites for Palestine to reconcile can be summarized as follows: recognize the State of Israel, dismantle Hamas’ military wing and cut ties with Iran.

The Prime Minister’s statement comes hours after Education Minister Naftali Bennet called for Israel to stop the transfer of tax revenue to Palestinians, liking it to Israel “acting as ATM for terrorism.”

“Transferring funds to a Hamas government is like Israel transferring money to the Islamic State—in return for the cash, we’ll get missiles fired at us,” he added.

The Palestinian cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, on October 3 held a meeting in the Gaza Strip for the first time in three years. The meeting was part of an effort to implement a reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that at the end of the reconciliation between the Fatah party and Hamas, all weapons – including those in Hamas’ hands – must be under the control of the rule of law of the Palestinian National Authority.

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