"Abbas recognizes Israel, is committed to the agreements signed with it, and reiterated upon the signing of the reconciliation deal his wish to reach a peace accord with Israel, even if some of the conditions are unacceptable to him. Abbas rejects terrorism, has close security coordination with the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, and declares that even if all Palestinian efforts fail, he strongly opposes a violent intifada. We are allowed to express reservations about the reconciliation agreement with a terrorist organization and to criticize it, but adopting a policy of sweeping refusal to talk with any Palestinian authority would be a serious error."
"Israel must remember: Not all Palestinians are Hamas", sagt Yehuda Ben Meir in seinem Haaretz-Kommentar (8. Mai)