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Israel should talk with Hamas on conditions, says Peres

English.news.cn   2013-01-01 09:49:43            

JERUSALEM, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres made a rare statement Monday that Israel should talk with Hamas' leaders if the latter complies with the Quartet's conditions, including renunciation of terror and recognizing Israel.

Speaking with leaders of the Israeli Christian community, the president said there's nothing stopping from Israel to talk with Hamas but added that Hamas won't talk to Israel.

"They have to decide if they want peace or war," he said, stressing that Hamas cannot continue shooting barrages of rockets into Israel without retaliation. "If they shoot, we shoot," he added.

On Sunday, Peres criticized both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for their stand against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Peres concluded his Monday statements by adding that he believes that "Israelis, like the Arabs, want to see an end to the conflict, which we must work to achieve."

The Peace talks halted in 2010 due to Israel's construction in the West Bank settlements on lands annexed during the 1967 Mideast war.

The EU representatives told Israel Radio early December that Hamas would be taken off EU's list of terrorist organizations if it meets the Quartet's conditions of recognizing Israel, quitting terror and willing to negotiate with the state of Israel.


Editor: Hou Qiang
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