OTTAWA, ON, June 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Yesterday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the formation of a unity government with Hamas. In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement:
"Nothing would be more amenable to Israel and its supporters in their search for peace than a Palestinian national unity government based on Hamas' acceptance of the Quartet's conditions: recognition of Israel's right to exist, renunciation of terror, and commitment to abide by previous Israel-PLO agreements.
"Unfortunately, Hamas continues to reject the international community's modest and necessary conditions for its inclusion as a legitimate party. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to unite with Hamas absent its acceptance of the Quartet conditions is irreconcilable with the genuine pursuit of peace."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the non-partisan advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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