Abbas likens Israel's Likud to Hamas

Thursday, February 12, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's "moderate" and "pragmatic" peace partner Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been actively lobbying foreign powers to treat the man likely to be the Jewish state's next prime minister in the same way they do the leaders of Hamas.

Ha'aretz reports that Abbas launched his international campaign against Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party last week by meeting with the leaders of France, Italy and the UK.

Abbas stressed that because they shunned Hamas for failing to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism, those same leaders must now blacklist Netanyahu because he won't permit the rapid creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

During his election campaign, Netanyahu repeatedly stated that he intends to put the land-for-peace process on hold while focusing instead on reconciling Israelis and Palestinians along economic lines.

An Israeli diplomatic source told Ha'aretz that Abbas received guarantees from the European leaders that they would not allow any Israeli government to delay or freeze the land-for-peace process.

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