Netanyahu like Baghdadi: Palestinian official

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Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images - Andrew Burton)

Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A senior Palestinian official on Tuesday likened Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, after the Israeli prime minister compared Hamas to the jihadist organization.

"Netanyahu is trying to disseminate fear of the Islamic State (ISIS) led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but Netanyahu forgets that he himself leads the Zionist state," said Saeb Erakat, the Palestinians' chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel.

"He wants us to call Israel the Zionist state and supports terrorist soldiers and settlers who kill, destroy and burn mosques and churches... like Baghdadi's men kill and terrorize," Erakat told AFP.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on Monday, Netanyahu compared Israel's battle against Hamas to that of the US-led one against the brutal ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

With his speech at the United Nations, "Netanyahu finally closed the door on progress towards a two-state solution within the 1967 borders and rejected any serious political solution" in the peace talks, said Erakat.

Those talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed spectacularly in April amid bitter recriminations on both sides.

They are supposed to meet again next month in Cairo for negotiations on a long-term truce after the 50-day Gaza war that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, mainly soldiers.



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