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        2/12/2012, Shevat 19, 5772

      PMO: Abbas Speech Turns Away from Peace


      The Prime Minister's Office issued the following statement, Sunday evening, in response to the statement by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority that he would only be ready to return to negotiations with Israel if Israel gave up completely on Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

      "Abu Mazen's speech is a turning away from peace. Instead of entering negotiations to bring the [Arab-Israeli] conflict to its conclusion, Abu Mazen prefers to join the Hamas terrorist group, the same Hamas that embraces Iran."