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Israel Suspends 'Peace Talks' After Palestinian Unity Bid: Prefers A Palestinian Authority That's Weak, Docile and Separated From Hamas

Israeli settlers confront Palestinians, in Susiya, West Bank - Sep 9, 2009
Israeli settlers confront Palestinians, in Susiya, West Bank -
Sep 9, 2009 (Photo by ISM Palestine)
The Israeli government was happy to have an excuse to call off the current round of fake peace talks. During the "peace talks" Israeli government has killed or wounded Palestinian civilians, annexed more land, and placed additional sanctions on the Palestinian Authority.Ronald David Jackson

From IrishTimes
Israel has suspended US-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas’s unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group.

The negotiations had appeared to be heading nowhere even before Wednesday’s reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian groups plunged them deeper into crisis. The United States had been struggling to extend the talks beyond an original April 29th deadline for a peace accord.

“The government of Israel will not hold negotiations with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas, a terror organisation that calls for Israel’s destruction,” an official statement said after a six-hour meeting.

Asked to clarify whether that meant the talks were now frozen or would be called off only after a unity government was formed, a senior Israeli official said: “They are currently suspended.”

Earlier in Washington, a US official said the United States would have to reconsider its assistance to Abbas’s aid-dependent Palestinian Authority if the Western-backed leader and Hamas formed a government, after seven years of internal bickering and unsuccessful reconciliation attempts.

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