First Published: 2006-03-09

Mofaz: No dialogue with Hamas without recognising Israel

No way will the Hamas establish a terrorist entity side by side with Israel, says Israeli defence minister.


Middle East Online

No way will we speak with a terrorist organisation: Mofaz

BUCHAREST - Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said Thursday in Bucharest there was "no way" his country would start a dialogue with Hamas, if the latter did not recognise the state of Israel and accept a peace plan for the Middle East.

"If the Hamas accepts to recognize the state of Israel, to dismantle the terrorist infrastructures and to adopt all the contracts that were signed so far between Israel and the Palestinians, there is a chance for continuing dialogue in order to achieve peace on the basis of the road map," Mofaz told a press conference.

"No way will we speak with a terrorist organisation. No way will the Hamas establish a terrorist entity side by side with Israel," he added.

He also warned that "if the Hamas continues its terror activities against Israel, we will know how to deal with it."

Asked by journalists about comments he made on targeted killings, Mofaz said Israel needed to fight against Hamas if the movement kept up its terrorist activities, but refused "to speak about details."

Tuesday, Mofaz warned Hamas's Palestinian prime minister-designate Ismail Haniya would not be immune from assassination if the radical Islamists carried out attacks.

"From the moment when Hamas continues on the path of terrorism, nobody in the movement will benefit from immunity," he told Israeli army radio.


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