The international community should not legitimize a government whose face is Mahmoud Abbas, but whose hands are the hands of Hamas which launches missiles against innocent civilians.

 FM Liberman meets with Cypriot President Christofias

 

FM Avigdor Liberman meets with Cypriot FM Markos Kyprianou meet in Limassol, Cyprus (Photo: Reuters)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

On Friday (29 April 2011), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met with President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias in Nicosia. During the meeting the two discussed relations between Cyprus and Israel. FM Liberman told President Christofias that Cyprus is a friend of Israel’s and that the two nations should further strengthen their cooperation. The recent events in the Middle East were discussed, including the reports of a reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas and the effect that this will have on relations between Israel and the Palestinians.

FM Liberman told President Christofias that the inability of the international community to make a declarative decision in the United Nations Security Council to condemn Syria for the violence and murder of innocent people by the Assad regime against its own citizens, raises questions about how much Israel should rely on the international community and whether their considerations regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict are honest and balanced.

These doubts are strengthened because of the conciliatory approach towards Hamas taken by certain nations, against the decisions of the Quartet. Hamas is a terrorist organization whose stated priority is the destruction of the State of Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority need to understand that you cannot be a partner with terrorists without being a partner to terror. The international community should not legitimize a government whose face is Mahmoud Abbas, but whose hands are the hands of Hamas which launches missiles against innocent civilians, said Minister Liberman.