Peres: Proposed PA unity gov't would be a 'facade'
By The Associated Press
Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Wednesday that a proposed Palestinian Authority
national unity government would be nothing more than a "facade," because the
Hamas militants it would represent are not interested in peace.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah declared last week that efforts to form
such a government had broken down, but Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas
denied negotiations had reached a dead end.
Hamas would use such a government in an effort to restore international
funding that dried up after it took power, Peres said.
"Hamas doesn't want peace, even if we give them '67 borders," Peres said,
referring to the pre-1967 Six Day War boundaries. "Hamas wants to use Fatah as
a facade to get money."
The talks between Abbas and Hamas foundered over the militant group's refusal
to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept existing peace deals.
The Quartet of Middle East negotiators - the European Union, United States,
United Nations, and Russia - have made those three stipulations preconditions
for lifting the international economic embargo imposed on the PA after Hamas
came to power in January.
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