Gaza City -Agencies – The Hamas movement said Saturday that peace negotiations with Israel were ‘futile’, as US Secretary of State John Kerry extended his shuttle diplomacy between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for a third day.
The movement warned Fatah and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah against the “mirage” of negotiations, and called on the PA to reject pressure from the United States to accept economic initiatives and instead focus on implementing national unity between Palestinian factions.
“We in Hamas look carefully at US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to re-launch the so-called peace process, which is based upon an American-Zionist agenda which sees settlements devour land and the Judaization of Jerusalem and holy sites,” a statement read.
“These negotiations will not bring anything new,” the statement added, warning that talks will only perpetuate national divisions.
On Saturday, Kerry took a helicopter from Jerusalem to Amman where he spent two hours in talks with Mahmoud Abbas then flew back again for his third meeting in under 48 hours with Netanyahu.
A growing number of Israeli ministers have recently expressed their opposition to the two-state solution.
Earlier this month, coalition partner Naftali Bennett, who heads the far-right Jewish Home party, said the idea of a Palestinian state was at a “dead-end,” and central to the problem was the reluctance of Israel’s leadership to simply insist that the West Bank belongs to “the people of Israel.”
“There was never a Palestinian state here, and we were never occupiers, this is our home,” he said.