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Islamic Jihad declines to join Hamas-led government

The Islamist group Hamas began talks with militant groups on Monday on forming a new Palestinian government but was swiftly rebuffed by Islamic Jihad, which vowed to press on with its fight against Israel. Two days after becoming the majority bloc in parliament, election winner Hamas assured armed groups that it would not crack down on their fighters despite international pressure. Hamas said its goal was to establish as broad a coalition as possible as it faced a halt in vital tax funds from Israel and a threatened boycott by major powers if it refused to renounce violence and recognize the Jewish state. Full Story

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