Gov’t officials skeptical about Hamas-Fatah agreemen

Barak says unity deal unlikely to reach its potential; Peres calls on Palestinians to “unite, but unite for peace.”

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IshmaelFYI: Ishmael is the son of Abraham through Hagar, the maid of Abraham’s wife Sarah.
Ishmael is the Biblical father of the Arab nations.
From these nations came Mohammad, who in approximately 632 a.d founded the Religion of Islam.
The Religion is divided into two main groups, The Sunni’s and The Shiite’s. These two are engaged in a battle to gain control of the religion.
The Shiite branch claims its right to control because Ali, its founder, was the nephew of Mohammad.
While the Sunni branch claims its right to control because its founders were the generals in-charge when Mohammad died.
It is reported that the Muslim Brotherhood is a Sunni based organization.
The battle continues to this very day.
The verse below is speaking directly concerning Ishmael and the nations that would come from this direct descendent of Abraham.

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
—Genesis 16:12

Perilous Times

“This know also, that in the last days perilousStrongs 5467: chalepos, khal-ep-os´; perhaps from 5465 through the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by implication) furious:—fierce, perilous. times shall come.”
—2 Timothy 3:1-2a

”But evilStrongs 4190: poneros, pon-ay-ros´; from a derivative of 4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from 4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:—bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness). See also 4191.
Strongs 4192: ponos, pon´-os; from the base of 3993; toil, i.e. (by implication) anguish:—pain.
men and seducersStrongs 1114: goes, go´-ace; from goa¿w goao (to wail); properly, a wizard (as muttering spells), i.e. (by implication) an imposter:—seducer. shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
—2 Timothy 3:13

Editors note about the word perilousFYI: The Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possess Legion and his cohort.

Israeli ministers and officials expressed skepticism on Thursday about the announced Hamas-Fatah unity government.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the agreement between the Palestinian factions has “dramatic potential” but it is doubtful that it will mature into a joint government.

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Barak admitted that Israeli intelligence had foreseen a low probability for a reconciliation agreement between the two factions, and noted that Palestinian officials were also skeptical about it.

The defense minister also reiterated Israel’s position that it would not hold any discussions with Hamas, “a murderous organization whose aim is to destroy Israel.”

However, he said that if a joint Palestinian government were to rise, Israel would hold talks with the new government only if Hamas would dismantle its terrorist infrastructure and recognize Israel and previous agreements made with the PLO.

Speaking to international media, President Shimon Peres on Thursday said that “We would like to see the Palestinian people unite, but unite for peace. What happened yesterday [the unity deal] is a path that will lead to a clear disagreement: One Palestinian camp will call for peace, the other will call for the destruction of Israel.”

“Hamas isn’t changing its charter, hasn’t ceased to be a terrorist organization, serves Iran and smuggles weapons,” Peres said.

In light of this, he said Fatah’s move to unite with Hamas is a “fatal mistake.”

“Signing an agreement that will lead to elections in a year could result in a terrorist organization controlling Gaza and the West Bank, and Hamas’s policies will win. This means the continued firing of rockets, the continued killing of innocent people, and continued Iranian intervention that supports and funds terrorism in our region,” the president said.

In a personal call to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Peres said, “I urge the Palestinian leadership: Unite for peace and don’t put on a facade of unity that will prevent you from moving in any direction. Walking hand-in-hand with a terrorist organization will be a step backwards and will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

Peres also turned to the international community, saying “The world cannot support the establishment of a state part of whose government is a terrorist organization in every respect.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also commented on the unity agreement on Thursday, saying the deal means that terrorists will launch missiles from the West Bank.

“A red line has been crossed, and Israel must decide what we are going to do,” Lieberman told Israel Radio. “Hundreds of terrorists from Hamas will go free throughout Judea and Samaria.

“The international community should enforce the terms it gave the Palestinians: abandoning terror, recognizing Israel, and respecting previous agreements,” Lieberman said.

He also explained that the agreement between the two Palestinian factions came because of “panic” on both sides. Hamas is concerned that their “patron,” Syrian President Bashar Assad, is facing a crisis, and Fatah no longer has the support of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Lieberman explained.

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni denounced Hamas, but hoped the unity government would agree to return to the negotiating table.

“Hamas is a terror organization that represents an extremist ideology that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist or previous agreements with Israel,” Livni said in a statement.

“Any Palestinian government will have to accept the Quartet’s conditions and work for peace with Israel. This is the time for Israel and the PA to make decisions; it will be a test,” she added.

Livni also said that “unilateral steps are not the way to solve the conflict. Founding a Palestinian State could only be done through an agreement with Israel that will be reached through negotiations.”

Education Minister Gideon Saar, a member of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet, also commented on the Hamas-Fatah unity deal.

“The treaty drawn between Fatah and Hamas shows that all the Palestinians, who previously had abandoned negotiations and planned unilateral actions against Israel, are distancing themselves from peace and getting closer to extremists and enemies of Israel,” Saar said.

Saar added that the unity treaty only shows “the need to prevent from returning to previous policies that combined fantasies and withdrawals.”

Kadima MK Nachman Shai called the Hamas-Fatah agreement Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “great failure.”

“Netanyahu failed to understand the strategic changes in the Arab world and their implications on the Palestinians. The unity between Hamas and Fatah produces a new political and security reality, which surprises Israel and forces it to present a new political program that is not under the control of the prime minister. The result is that the road to international recognition of a unilaterally-declared Palestinian state is open,” Shai said in a statement.

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