WEST BANK (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s finance minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday it impossible to reach an agreement with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Anadolu reported.
“Security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority is a common interest, but it is not possible to reach a political settlement with Abu Mazen,” Lieberman said in reference to Abbas.
With regard to the besieged Gaza Strip, Lieberman said it needs “a comprehensive treatment and a complex solution formulated by a broad national agreement”, adding that “this will not happen next year, and perhaps not the year after”.
“We have no interest in an escalation, but it is impossible to accept the previous regime’s formula: calm at all costs,” Lieberman added.
His comments reiterate those of Zionist prime minister Naftali Bennett, who said a day earlier that he sees no reason to meet with Abbas, despite a number of high-level contacts between occupying regime officials and the PA.
Bennett reiterated his opposition to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state in the occupied territories, calling it a “terrible mistake.”
In an interview with the regime’s Kan public broadcaster, he claimed that the Palestinian statehood was not feasible and thus the question of whether to support it was not relevant.
“I oppose a Palestinian state — I think it would be a terrible mistake,” he said. “I won’t do that.”
‘Hamas Won’t Give Up Arms’
The comments by the Zionist regime’s officials are an indicator that the Palestinians resistance movements have been right all along in insisting that armed resistance is the only solution against the occupying regime.
A senior Hamas official has said that the resistance movement will never give up its weapons and resort to the style of “begging” that the Zionist regime is seeking. Mahmoud Al-Zahar made his comment in response to a proposal by Zionist foreign minister Yair Lapid for an “advanced humanitarian rehabilitation plan for the Gaza Strip.”
The proposal includes economic rehabilitation, security and the rebuilding of infrastructure “subject to Hamas’s commitment to a long-term lull.”
Al-Zahar explained that the suggestion has been “rejected” because it is an attempt “to barter Israel’s security in exchange for basic essentials such as food and medicine for the people of Gaza.”
Lapid pointed out that the regime’s intention is not to negotiate with Hamas. “The Palestinian Authority is the only representative body for the Palestinians,” he added.