Netanyahu: Peace with Palestine would draw attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC on March 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Nicholas Kamm)

Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Any peace deal between Israel and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) would draw attacks from "radical" groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

If Israel signed a peace agreement it would "most certainly come under attack by Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda and others," the right-wing premier told delegates at the annual convention of the extremist pro-Israel AIPAC lobby in Washington.

But he also appealed to PA president Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding occupied Palestine with the historical inhabitants of the land expelled by Zionist militias.

"President Abbas: recognize the Jewish state... you would be telling the Palestinians to abandon the fantasy of flooding Israel with refugees," he told delegates at the annual conference.

"In recognizing the Jewish state, you would make clear that you are truly prepared to end the conflict," he said.

Netanyahu also predicted that international movement to boycott Israel will fail.

"The movement is nothing but a farce. It will fail," he told delegates at the annual conference, referring to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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