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  אייר 14, 5771 , 18/05/11

Hamas: No Negotiations with Israel

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar said Tuesday that the united Hamas-Fatah Palestinian Authority government has no intention of negotiating with Israel. A-Zahar spoke to the PA daily Al-Quds.

He clarified earlier statements made by Hamas head in exile Khaled Mashaal, who had appeared to indicate that Hamas would allow PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate with Israel despite rejecting negotiations itself. “We will not give him a chance to negotiate, we will not agree to negotiations or encourage them, the opposite,” he said.

Most PA Arabs support Hamas' position, which favors armed conflict over negotiations, he declared, citing the 2006 PA elections as proof.
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