Monday, October 12, 2009

Middle East: Israeli minister warns of Islamic Movement's growing ties with Hamas

Israel's Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has expressed concern over growing ties between the Islamic Movement's northern branch and Hamas.

Speaking to Israel Radio, Ben-Eliezer stated that Israel could pay a hefty price for allowing the two to cooperate.

The Jerusalem Post reports Ben-Eliezer added that Israel must move forward in its negotiations with the Palestinians, especially by aiding Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and making gestures to strengthen his position.

"It is not chiefly a Palestinian concern, but rather a question of Israel's security and very existence," concluded the minister.

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