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        8/2/2007, Av 18, 5767

      Ex-Mossad Chief HaLevy Still Wants Talks with Hamas


      The Hamas military takeover has not changed the opinion of Ephraim HaLevy, the former head of the Mossad intelligence agency who favors talking with Hamas. He told the Wall Street Journal that Israel should include the terrorist organization in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

      "I don't say we should talk to Hamas out of sympathy to them," he told the Journal. "I have no sympathy whatsoever for Hamas. I think they are a ghastly crowd. But I have not seen anybody who says the Abbas-Fayyad tandem is going to do the job."

      He maintained that Hamas cannot be totally defeated but that trying to do will cause its supporters not to "feel constrained by anything, because there is nothing left for them to hope for."