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Israel's Aaron Cohen: No Point in Talking to Hamas

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 05:13 PM

By Courtney Coren

Aaron Cohen, a former member of the Israeli Special Forces, says the terrorist organization Hamas cannot be trusted and is not a group with which anyone can negotiate.

"There is absolutely no reason for anybody on the Israeli side to trust anything that comes out from the mouth of Hamas because Hamas is a terrorist organization," Cohen told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV on Monday.

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"This is not a group that you can negotiate with," the counterterrorism expert explained. "This is a terror organization hell-bent on the destruction of the Jewish state.

"There are no negotiations with a group like this regardless of how they want to be portrayed," he added.

Cohen said there's a huge difference in the way Israel has handled the murder of the Palestinian boy who was allegedly killed by six young Israeli men and how the Palestinian Authority has handled the killing of three Israeli teenagers who were allegedly kidnapped by members of Hamas while hiking in Gaza.

"The Israelis were very swift in their actions in terms of arresting them, investigating and getting them to admit and turn them in or bring them to justice," he explained. "That's one of the fundamental differences between these two sides here."

"It's been almost a month since these three boys were kidnapped, hiking in the West Bank," Cohen said.

"One of them was an American citizen, and yet even though the Palestinian president has condemned it, the fact is we still don't have any lead as to where these two gentlemen are," he added.

"Israel presented the intelligence, yet they haven't been brought to the forefront, so there's a big difference here in terms of commitment, if you will."

Cohen said the best thing the United States can do during this conflict is "wait and just see how this plays out."

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