PMO Statement on Palestinian Authority-Hamas Reconciliation
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
12 October 2017
Any reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas must
include honoring international agreements and the Quartet condition, first
and foremost among them, recognizing Israel and disarming Hamas.
Continuing to dig tunnels, manufacture missiles and initiate terrorist
attacks against Israel are incompatible with the Quartet conditions and the
efforts of the United States to renew the diplomatic process.
Israel demands that these conditions be met and the immediate release of
Israeli civilians Avra Mengistu and Hisham a-Said, who are being cruelly
held by Hamas, and the remains of fallen IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar
As long as Hamas does not disarm and continues to call for the destruction
of Israel. Israel holds it responsible for all terrorist actions originating
in the Gaza Strip.
Israel opposes any reconciliation that does not include these components.
Israel insists that the PA not allow any base whatsoever for Hamas terrorist
actions from PA areas in Judea and Samaria or from Gaza, if the PA indeed
takes responsibility for its territory.
Israel will monitor developments on the ground and act accordingly.