Livni: No Peace Partner In Gaza

YERUSHALAYIM - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni believes there is a partner for peace in the Palestinian Authority but not in Hamas.

Livni, who is also designated as chief negotiator with the Palestinians, revealed on Army Radio that there is no prospect of reaching a peace agreement with Hamas.

Livni was speaking in response to remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday that Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is necessary to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Erdogan’s positive perception of Hamas “is not correct” she said. “Hamas represents an Islamic ideology that does not recognize Israel’s existence. Hamas prefers to isolate itself [rather] than to say that Israel has the right to exist, or to renounce violence.”

Livni added that Secretary of State John Kerry, who is set to visit Israel in the coming week, is determined to restart the peace process.

“When the U.S. wants to bring about negotiations, it is certainly a positive thing because this represents our interest,” she said. “My encounters with Kerry show that he has an honest belief that it is possible to solve the conflict.”