Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned against rushing into a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, which he said is vulnerable to being overthrown by Hamas.
President Shimon Peres called on Sunday for a more active policy toward negotiating with the Palestinians, touting Mahmoud Abbas as a genuine partner for peace, and Netanyahu’s remarks were understood as a response to Peres.
Speaking at the Prime Minister’s residence, Netanyahu said: “Any sensible person can understand Hamas is able to replace the Palestinian Authority — before an agreement or after an agreement — as witnessed in Gaza.”
In an apparent swipe at Peres, Netanyahu said that, as opposed to the “voices that I have heard recently urging me to make concessions and withdraw,” he would continue to manage the diplomatic process “responsibly and sagaciously and not hastily.”
Netanyahu added that the Palestinian Authority could be toppled at any time, as witnessed in Egypt and Syria.