PA negotiator Saeb Erekat told Israeli television that Hamas' running in elections is tantamount to giving up weapons.
Erekat told Channel 2 television, "No one can use guns and no one can incite verbally and no one can use mosques. So the election law provides that those persons and those factions who run for elections must understand that only through peaceful means can they make changes."
Other recent quotes of note from the "doctor":
- The murders of two Israeli women and a boy were "unfortunate."
- "If they go ahead (and make the road restrictions permanent) it is the official introduction of an apartheid system...This scheme ... would destroy any effort to revive a meaningful peace process. It will be worse than in South Africa."
- ''This response (road closures) is the way toward escalation. In the past, such Israeli measures have been only the first step toward more violence."