Israeli Ambassador to Italy Speaks Out

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CBNNews.com - Gideon Meir, Israeli ambassador to Italy, minced no words in responding to Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema's call to open talks with Hamas.

On Monday, D'Alema told the press that to move the peace process forward, Israel would have to negotiate with the Palestinians controlling the Gaza Strip.

"Without engaging in dialogue with the Palestinians who govern Gaza, the peace process will have difficulties in moving ahead," the foreign minister told reporters. "Peace in Ramallah , will depend on peace in Gaza," he said. "War and peace cannot be separated by just a few kilometers," D'Alema asserted.

Gideon Meir responded in kind.

"Those who call on us to negotiate with Hamas are essentially asking us to discuss the measurements of our coffins and the roses that will be placed on them," said Meir.

"Hamas' stance is known and it has not changed. They want to destroy the State of Israel," he said. "Such calls for a cease-fire are simply a step on the way to the realization of Hamas' dream to destroy Israel and establish a religious-fundamentalist state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea," he said.

It was no surprise that Gaza-based Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh praised D'Alema's assessment, calling it an improvement in the position of the European Union, which according to Haniyeh is coming to terms with the faulty decision to exclude Hamas from negotiations.

"We especially appreciate the statement made by Massimo D'Alema," Haniyeh said.

Meir noted that approval by a terror chief is ample evidence of the fallacy of D'Alema's proposal.

"The fact that the head of a terror organization praises this position does not add much dignity to those who support it," Meir said.

Source: YNet news service

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