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Israeli ministers say Abbas is really a Hamas supporter

Nov. 26, 2012 11:46 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 6:43 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli government ministers made comments linking President Mahmoud Abbas to his bete noire, Hamas and its resistance strategy, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

Abbas, whose commitment to non-violent diplomacy has earned him Western support but some Palestinian criticism, is heading to the UN this week to put Palestine's membership to a General Assembly vote.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Abbas' diplomatic move is "more dangerous than rocket attacks from Gaza," the Israel Hayom newspaper said.

Rocket attacks killed six Israelis during eight days of Israel's bombardment of Gaza which ended on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan called Abbas a "member of Hamas in disguise," Israel Hayom reported.

Abbas' Fatah movement clashed violently with Hamas after the Islamist movement won elections in 2006, and split into separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank a year later.

Hamas and Fatah accuse each other of imprisoning their political supporters and stalling attempts to conclude a reconciliation deal to end their division.

But Erdan said Abbas' predecessor at least used to wear a military uniform, whereas Abbas is a "Hamas supporter disguised in a business suit."
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