Citing the Bible, Netanyahu says Israel Should Not 'Rush' Into Peace Agreement with Palestine

Israel should not rush into a peace agreement with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as the Hamas terror group could take over the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

Pictured: Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara host rabbis and scholars at their home for a Bible study session in October (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Flash90)
Netanyahu, speaking at his weekly Bible-study session, compared political changes in the region to the weekly portion, saying just as a benevolent Pharaoh was replaced by one who enslaved the Jews, leaders around the region are being forced out and that could happen to Abbas as well.

"In this week's Torah portion it is written, 'Now there arose a new king over Egypt who knew not Joseph.' That's also happening today," he said from his Jerusalem residence, referring to the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, who replaced Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's leader last year.

"Everyone knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority," Netanyahu said. "It can happen after an agreement [with Israel], it could happen before an agreement, as was the case in Gaza."

Netanyahu was referring to a violent 2007 coup during which Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and pushed out the more moderate Fatah movement.

In recent days, President Shimon Peres has called on Netanyahu to use the opportunity presented by Abbas's moderate views to find a way to make peace with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, however, said that doing so would ignore security needs.

The Times of Israel
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