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Barghouthi: Livni-Rice agreement effort to hide Israeli failure, ceasefire "will fail"

Jan. 18, 2009 11:15 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2009 11:15 A.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - The Livni-Rice agreement is a piece of paper meant to cover up the failures of Israel in the Gaza war and help the nation save face in front of international pressure, said Mustafa Barghuthi on Saturday.

The Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) spoke out about the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday. The memorandum pledges US support to Israel for preventing weapons smuggling from Iran by patrolling the Mediterranean and sending experts into Egypt.

"After 21 days of war on Gaza," Barghouthi said in his statement, "Israel has failed to weaken the resistance and break the will of the Palestinian people. It made the resistance even stronger and re-affirmed the occupation's persistence, moving peace far away by striking the Arab initiative and exposing Annapolis agreement."

The move to call a unilateral ceasefire is akin to "running away from International commitments and reinforcing the occupation not just in Gaza strip but also in the West Bank."

"It will fail," he said.

The only appropriate ending for the war on Gaza, affirmed Barghouthi will be for Israeli leaders and military personnel to face investigation and war crimes committees in order to ensure people are held accountable for the loss of life in Gaza.

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