PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 8 June), made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:
"Over the weekend, the leaders of Hamas reiterated their intention to destroy the State of Israel. Whoever hoped that the Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas would moderate Hamas is mistaken.
Instead of the Palestinian authority taking over Gaza, the signs are being more and more seen that the complete opposite is taking place, i.e. that Hamas is increasing its control in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]. Therefore, international pressure must be applied on Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] to dissolve the partnership with Hamas.
This touches on the roots of the conflict and the roots of a solution in which peace is achieved between us and the Palestinians.
In any case, Abu Mazen promised to uphold all of his previous commitments, and the first of these is honoring the commitment to demilitarize the areas under the control of the Palestinian government, including – of course – the Gaza Strip..."