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Hamas Ending Cease-fire Talks with Palestinian PM

The Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas said Friday it was ending talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on a possible cease-fire with Israel. “We are cutting off all dialogue with the Palestinian Authority,” said Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, saying the authority was trying to dictate the terms of Wednesday’s summit to the group. Hamas, whose military wing has been responsible for many of the recent terror attacks against Israeli civilians as well as the Israeli military, has been labeled by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. A two-page Hamas leaflet issued in Gaza urged Palestinians not to accept the dictates of this week’s summits in Egypt and Jordan, especially Abbas’ calls for an end to the armed intifada, the uprising which began in September 2000. The strongly-worded leaflet said the United States was trying to impose its position on the Palestinians and it called on Palestinians and the Arab world to oppose such dictates. Full Story

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