Former Mossad head: ‘major mistake’ not to recognise 2006 Palestinian elections ~ MEMO, Monday, 16 November 2015.
Former head of Mossad Efraim Halevy has called Israel’s refusal to recognise the results of the 2006 Palestinian elections, in which Hamas emerged victorious, a “major mistake.”
Halevy made the remarks on Thursday, but they were first published by Israeli newspaperHa’aretz on Sunday.
Addressing the 2006 poll for the Palestinian Legislative Council, Halevy – who served for decades in various positions within Mossad and as director from 1998-2002 – stated that “[Israel] should have recognised the democratically achieved result in the election, which we did not do.”
This was a “major mistake”, according to Halevy, because it resulted in the Palestinian political arena becoming “a failed system.” Halevy additionally urged Israel to end its opposition to a Palestinian government “in which Hamas participates”, a policy he also described as a “mistake.”
Efraim Halevy believes that not recognising Hamas’ winning of 74 out of the 132 seats in the Palestinian parliament has led to the Palestinian political arena becoming ‘a failed system’
WATCH: Ex-Mossad Chief Efraim Halevy: Israel Needs to Recognize Hamas Election Wins ~ HAARETZ, Aimee Amiga Nov 15, 2015.
Ex-intelligence chief explains to Haaretz what’s necessary for Palestinian democracy, and how the United States enabled the rise of ISIS in Iraq.
Israel needs to be talking with Hamas, longtime intelligence chief Efraim Halevy tells Haaretz’s Aimee Amiga in an interview alongside Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Halevy, who spent decades in the Mossad and played an active role in achieving Israel’s peace treaty with Jordan, explains how Israeli military operations have been unsuccessful in combatting the terrorist group, and why Israel needs to recognize democratically-elected Palestinian governments even if they include Hamas. Halevy also explains to Haaretz what went wrong in Iraq after the United States invasion in 2003, and how this led to the rise of the Islamic State. Watch the full interview here:
[APOLOGIES for the deliberate mispronunciation of HAMAS as KKHAMAS!]