PLO urged to rescind Israel recognition

PressTV – Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:29AM

Ismail Haniyeh (L) and Mahmoud Abbas (file photo)
Hamas’ democratically-elected Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has called on the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to “rescind recognition of Israel.”

Making his position very clear to the PLO on Friday, Haniyeh pointed out that the resistance group will never recognize Israel.

Israeli presence “on our land is illegal.” The “Israeli entity” does not care for Palestinians’ rights and has objected to the formation of a unity government, and that there is no justification for recognizing the Israeli entity, Ynetnews reported Haniyeh as saying.

On Friday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke with Europe’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and told her that Israel expects the EU to adopt a cautious approach in respect to the Fatah-Hamas agreement.

Earlier, Haniyeh stressed that the temporary Palestinian government to be established following the unity deal will not embark on negotiations with Israel.

He also downplayed Israeli threats to thwart Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

“We move forward on what serves the interest of the Palestinian people, and the Israeli positions are of no interest to us,” he said.

The Palestinian movements of Hamas and Fatah will sign a deal to form a unity government on May 4 in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to sign the deal.


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