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Israel Criticizes Putin Over Hamas

Israeli officials lashed out Friday at Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he betrayed Israel when he invited leaders of the Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas to Moscow, and warning of a strain in relations between the countries. Putin’s invitation Thursday to Hamas represented a break in the European and U.S. position not to deal with the group — which won last month’s Palestinian elections — until it renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s right to exist. Putin’s comments that he did not view Hamas as a terror organization further enraged the Israelis. Full Story

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