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Hamas Chief Rejects Peace Plan, Vows More Attacks

The leader of Islamic militant group Hamas on Wednesday rejected a new U.S.-backed “roadmap” plan for Palestinian-Israeli peace and vowed no respite in attacks on Israel. “The road map aims to assure security for Israel at the expense of the security of our people. It is a plan to liquidate the Palestinian cause (for independence). It is rejected by us,” Sheikh Ahmed Yassin told Reuters in Gaza City. He spoke just before envoys of the international peacemaking “Quartet” presented the long-delayed plan to Israeli and Palestinian leaders after a new Palestinian cabinet under reformist Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in. Abbas has vowed to curb “armed chaos” by militant groups that he said had set back Palestinian aspirations to a state on land captured by Israel in 1967. Militants who have been waging an uprising against Israel for two and a half years carried out another suicide attack in Israel hours before Abbas took office. Full Story

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