Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Friday he will not head a government that recognizes Israel, striking a potential blow to President Mahmoud Abbas' attempts to create a national unity government.
Haniyeh spoke a day after Abbas indicated at the United Nations that a coalition government of Hamas and Abbas' Fatah movement would recognize the Jewish state.
"I personally will not head any government that recognizes Israel," Haniyeh said in a mosque sermon in Gaza City, laying out his group's position in coalition talks with Abbas.
They say this as if there is a real chance of Israel being "wiped from the map."
Of course, given France, Venezuela, China, and Russia's reactions to Iranian President Adolf Ahmadinejad's behavior, they have hope.
The chance for a sustained peace between Israel and the Palestinians may have been slim, but thanks to Iran and the other idiots at the UN, that slim chance just evaporated.