The European Jewish Congress welcomes Europe’s firm position on the national unity cabinet agreement concluded by Hamas and Fatah.
After saluting the Palestinians for taking a step in the right direction, the European foreign affaires ministers gathered in Brussels decided not to resume direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, evaluating that the parties did not accept the three principles established by the Quartet.
“It is important that the European Union maintains a firm attitude regarding Hamas. As long as Hamas does not amend its charter and renounce to terror, no concession is conceivable,” stressed EJC President Pierre Besnainou.
The Quartet established three preconditions before resuming direct funding of the PA: the Palestinian cabinet must recognise Israel, renounce to violence and accept previous agreements.
“These preconditions are necessary. Up until today Hamas refused to renounce to violence and recognise Israel,” declared Pierre Besnainou.