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Hamas says no truce with Israel "for now"

Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is not considering a truce with Israel “for now” to facilitate the January presidential elections, but says it might consider the measure in the future. “A truce is not an issue that is under consideration for now … It might be visited in the future,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the group’s political bureau, told Reuters by telephone on Thursday. His remarks came after a meeting earlier this week with the new chief of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas, who has been trying to persuade militant factions to halt attacks against Israel to allow for the January presidential election to succeed Yasser Arafat who died in November. Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, has launched scores of suicide bombings that have killed hundreds of Israelis. Full Story

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