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        4/20/2006, Nisan 22, 5766

      Britain Denies Relaxed Standards in Demands on Hamas


      (IsraelNN.com) The British government denied a report on Thursday that it has relaxed its definition of how Hamas must recognize Israel’s right to exist.

      Earlier in the day, the Daily Telegraph newspaper quoted Foreign Secretary Jack Straw as saying that such recognition by the terrorist organization would not require a formal declaration.

      A spokeswoman for the British Embassy in Tel Aviv said Thursday afternoon, “There has been no change in Britain’s policy toward Hamas. We, along with the rest of the international community, believe that Hamas must meet the conditions as set down by the Quartet on January 30, 2006."

      Hamas, currently in control of the Palestinian Authority, continues to refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce terrorism or carry out peace agreements signed by the previous PA government.