Abbas Campaigns against Likud

Ad Feedback - RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has been traveling around Europe trying to convince EU leaders to isolate an Israeli government headed by Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu.

Abbas said such a government should be shunned in the same way as the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.

According to one senior Israeli official in Jerusalem, Abbas has secured commitments by government leaders of France, Britain and Italy to pressure the new Israeli government against delaying the negotiations promoted by the Olmert government.

Last week, Abbas met with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, according to the left-wing Israeli daily Haaretz.

Abbas said that an Israeli government led by Netanyahu "that will oppose the creation of a Palestinian state and genuine negotiations over the core issues of a permanent settlement" would be a death blow to the peace process.

Source: Haaretz

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