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Israel rejects Palestinian gov't with Hamas

04-29-2011 08:46 BJT

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Israel has warned that it will not negotiate with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas. However, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled that peace talks with the Jewish state would still be possible, despite his party Fatah's unified stance with Hamas.

Israel reacted quickly to the Palestinians' soon-to-be-formed single caretaker government.

The country is even considering sanctions, including travel restrictions and withholding tax revenues against the new government.

Shimon Peres, Israeli President, said, "If Hamas will be elected with a charter to destroy Israel, with the permission to continue to be a terrorist organization, but... what is the option for Israel? What can we do but to defend our lives?"

Benjamin Netanyahu said, "The Palestinian Authority must choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas. Peace with both is impossible because of the Hamas goal of destroying the state of Israel, which it expresses openly."

In response, Hamas insisted that its agreement with Fatah did not indicate any recognition of Israel.

Hamas Spokeman Ismail Radwan said, "The practical answer is the implementation for all the agreement points. Israel has to realize that they should not interfere in internal Palestinian affairs."

In his first remarks since the agreement unveiled, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled negotiations with Israel would still be possible under the new interim government.

He added that the Palestine Liberation Organization or P-L-O, which excludes Hamas, would be responsible.

He said, "Politics is for the PLO, for the chairman, for the executive committee of the PLO, as the chairman, myself of the PLO. So we will continue handling the politics and the negotiations, talks, contacts with the countries everywhere - it is our duty to do it."

Peace talks between Israel and Abbas's administration resumed in September in Washington. But they quickly collapsed over Israel's continued construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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