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Hamas makes last-minute appeal to avert referendum

The Hamas-led Palestinian government made a last-minute appeal on Friday to President Mahmoud Abbas to abandon a proposed referendum on statehood that would implicitly recognize Israel. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for Abbas to back down for the sake of Palestinian unity after Israel’s killing overnight of Jamal Abu Samhadana, a top militant who was also appointed by Hamas to serve as a senior security chief. Full Story

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