Avigdor Liberman, the head of Yisrael Beytenu, said Wednesday the Israeli government would be “capitulating to terrorism” if reports that it is negotiating a five-year truce with Hamas are accurate.
In an interview with Army Radio, the former foreign minister called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to come to any understandings with the Hamas regime in Gaza.
“If, indeed, the government of Israel is going for a deal with Hamas, and Hamas continues to arm itself and rehabilitate its terrorist infrastructure, that is tantamount to capitulating to terrorism and I hope that these are just media reports and not a reflection of reality,” he said.
Hamas officials, both inside and outside, the Gaza Strip have expressed mixed views concerning the likelihood that a long-term agreement with Israel, entailing a five-year cease-fire, could be reached.
According to Israel Radio, Osama Hamdan, a member of Hamas based in Lebanon, explained that while the Islamist organizations found some of the ideas included in the agreement outline to be acceptable, they were not ready to be implemented.