FM Livni emphasized the many similarities between Hamas and Hizbullah, despite which one of them is recognized as a terrorist organization in Europe, while the second has won legitimacy as a political organization.

 FM Livni meets with German Chancellor Merkel

 

FM Livni and German Chancellor Merkel (Scoop 80)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met today (Monday, 30 January 2006) with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and conveyed Israel’s position in light of the results of the recent Palestinian Authority elections. Minister Livni told Chancellor Merkel that democracy by its very nature cannot purify terrorist organizations.

Livni said that the reasons for the Palestinians’ vote for Hamas are not relevant, since this terrorist organization would ultimately lead the Palestinian Authority. The foreign minister called upon the international community to place firm demands before the Palestinians to disarm Hamas, to annul its covenant calling for the destruction of the State of Israel, to abandon violence, and to recognize all the agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In a discussion of Hizbullah, Minister Livni stressed the close ties between Iran and Syria and terrorist organizations, particularly Hamas and Hizbullah. Livni emphasized the many similarities between Hamas and Hizbullah, despite which one of them is recognized as a terrorist organization in Europe, while the second has won legitimacy as a political organization.

Minister Livni asked Chancellor Merkel to take action to include Hizbullah on Europe’s list of terrorist organizations, like Hamas.

Livni pointed out that the hopes of the international community that Hizbullah would abandon terrorism upon its entry into Lebanese politics had been disappointed. She called upon the international community not to legitimize Hamas by permitting it to operate on two fronts, terrorism and politics.