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MK Azmi Bishara (archive photo)
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MK Bishara warns Hamas against ‘substantial concessions’
Says formation of a PA unity government, revived Arab peace initiative may advance diplomatic process but ‘won’t lead to anything,’ does not rule out possibility of regional war

Arab Knesset Member Azmi Bishara (Balad) warned Hamas against making any substantial concessions to win the international community’s support.

 

Bishara’s comments were made during an interview with Jordanian newspaper al-Ra’i prior to the publication of his intention to resign from the Knesset.

 

“Fatah’s willingness to make concessions during the 1970s and in the framework of the Oslo Accords and the Madrid Conference just so it could remain in power under the (Israeli) occupation hurt the movement,” he said.

 

The MK called on the Palestinian unity government to avoid political chaos and did not rule out the possibility of a regional war that would include Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

 

Bishara said the formation of a PA unity government and the revived Arab peace initiative may advance the diplomatic process but would ‘not lead to anything.”

 

“The Arabs have reached the point where they are making concessions out of the belief that the peace process still exists, despite the fact that there is no evidence of this on the ground,” he said. 

 

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