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Palestinian Officials Condemn Hamas

Palestinian officials on Saturday condemned Hamas’ decision to pull out of talks aimed at ending attacks on Israelis, saying the Islamic militant group’s refusal to accept a cease-fire could destroy the U.S.-backed peace process. Late Saturday, Hamas leaders met with their counterparts from the violent Islamic Jihad and other radical factions, where they repeated their rejection of the call to stop attacks against Israel. Hamas official Abdel Aziz Rantisi said, “All agree on our people’s rights to resist occupation.” He said the groups did not change their earlier view that they would not stop attacks until Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian lands. Neither group accepts the idea of a Jewish state in the Mideast. After the meeting, Islamic Jihad official Mohammed Hindi told The Associated Press, “No changes have been made in the previous position concerning the cease-fire.” Full Story

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