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Hamas Election Bid Could Undermine Abbas

Hamas, the major force behind a four-year suicide bombing campaign and sworn to the destruction of Israel, decided Saturday to run in a Palestinian parliamentary election, a move that threatens to undermine Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to make peace. A victory by the militant group in the July 17 vote — days before Israel is to begin withdrawing from the Gaza Strip (news – web sites) — could dictate whether the Israeli pullout spawns more talks or stalemate. Hamas political leader Mohammed Ghazal said the group would decide after the vote whether to join Abbas’ Cabinet and whether to support his moves to renew peace talks with Israel. Full Story

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