Khalid Amayreh, MWC News, June 7, 2011
Commenting on the latest French “initiative” for the resumption of the moribund peace process, the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu sought to outsmart himself.
A visionless politician who thinks that political spin, hasbara and sound-bites can suffice as a main tool of leadership, Netanyahu demanded that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, show good-will by releasing an Israeli occupation soldier taken prisoner in battle near Gaza a few years ago.
“I have made it clear to the French FM that Hamas must adopt the Quartet principles. If the claim that a new wind is blowing from Hamas, that could be proven by freeing Gilad Shalit,” the PM added, saying that if [Abbas] is on such good relations with Hamas, he could pressure Hamas to free Gilad.”