Palestinian Rivals Condemn Israel's Netanyahu

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By George Whitten, Jerusalem Bureau Chief

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News) –- In a rare show of unity, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has aligned with Palestinian militant group Hamas in criticizing Israel's choice for prime minister, Worthy News learned Saturday, February 21.

The announcement came after Israeli President Shimon Peres asked right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government. It was the first time in Israel's history that the winner of national elections was not offered the position of forming the government.

Netanyahu, who has served as prime minister in the past, called on Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to join him in what he called "a broad national unity government."

Livni, who had hoped to become prime minister herself, has shown little interest in joining Netanyahu's government. "Netanyahu wants us to stabilize the government. He won't get us.," she said. "This is a coalition that will damage the country. It won't be stable, but I won't be there to save Bibi from himself and his partners."

TALKS SCHEDULED

However officials said the two rivals may meet on Sunday, February 22, to discuss the situation. He was expected to offer her Kadima party key portfolios, including Foreign Affairs and Finance with Livni appointed as the next deputy prime minister.

If Livni refuses to join him, he will most likely form a coalition of nationalist and religious parties that Palestinians fear will take a much more hard-line approach to possible peace talks.

In addition, the charter of Netanyahu's Likud party calls for Israel never to give up the territories it took in 1967, including "Judea (and) Samaria", also known now as the West Bank and Gaza. Likud also views  the Jordan river as the permanent eastern border of Israel and Jerusalem as the "eternal, united capital of the State of Israel" and only of Israel.

"We will not deal with the Israeli government unless it accepts a two-state solution and accepts to halt settlements and to respect past accords," Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in published remarks.

HAMAS ANGRY

In the Gaza Strip, Hamas -- the Islamist rulers Netanyahu has vowed to topple -- claimed Israel had picked "the most extremist and most dangerous" politician to lead the country.

The choice of Netanyahu "does not herald a period or peace or stability in the region," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said.

However Israeli President Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, made clear that Netanyahu had the best chance of forming a government quickly which he said was in Israel's "national interest".

“The people of Israel need governmental stability in order to deal with the challenges that lie ahead," he said, a clear reference to the Middle East peace talks and concerns over Iran.

In his acceptance speech, Netanyahu expressed his concern that "Iran is developing nuclear weapons" which he said, "poses the greatest threat" to Israel's existence since the War of Independence. "Iran's terror wings surround us from the north and south," he added, a reference also to militants in the Gaza Strip who are believed to receive support from Iran.

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4 thoughts on “Palestinian Rivals Condemn Israel's Netanyahu”

  1. Well
    Birds Of A Feather
    Do Seen To Flock Together

    "Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me."
    "Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men."
    "For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD."
    "They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold."
    "Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah."
    "They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city."
    "Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?"
    "But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision."
    "Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence." Psalms 59:1-9

    But God Knows The Heart

    "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9

    And Still He Saves

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." Joel 2:32

    Hallelujah!

    Praise His Holy Name

  2. Of course they condemn Netanyahu! He is a threat, because they know he will not trade land for "peace" and he will not negotiate with terrorists. His cause and motive may be nationalistic, secular, and unpopular to the high percentage of Israelis who are understandably tired of war, and who do not understand the value of maintaining the borders that God blessed them with thousands of years ago, but He will use a hard liner like Netanyahu to accomplish His purposes for His Beloved Land.

  3. THE PALESTINIANS AND HILIARY CLINTON ARE NEVER GOING TO APPROVE NETANYAHU BECAUSE HE WON'T BOW DOWN TO THEM LIKE LIVINI , GOD I BELIEVE HAS PUT THE RIGHT PERSON IN OFFICE WHO WILL NOT GIVE AWAY THE LAND GOD GAVE THEM LIKE LIVINI WOULD SHE IS A DISGRACE TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, SHE DOES NOT STAND FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, SHE WOULD RATHER PLEASE THE AMERICANS AND HAMAS THEN HELP HER OWN PEOPLE . WE NEED TO PRAY FOR NETANYAHU THAT HE DOES NOT COMPROMISE HIS BELIEFS TO PLEASE ANY ONE BUT GOD. I ALSO PRAY HE DOES NOT GO UNDER WHAT AMERICA WANTS , I PRAY HE STANDS UP FOR ISRAEL AND IF HE DOES GOD WILL BE WITH HIM BUT THE MOMENT HE DOESN'T I BELIEVE GOD WILL LIFT HIS HAND AND GOD HELP HIM, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WE ALL NEED TO PRAY THAT HE GETS MORE THAN THE 61 HE NEEDS TO FORM A GOVERNMENT I HOPE HE DOUBLES IT.

  4. Interesting that her blind ambition was quenched....I wonder what Satan thinks he can do here...more so I want to see the LORD unfold his planned response.

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