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Hamas Says Israel Recognition Not For Discussion Print E-mail

By Jailan Zayan
May 19, 2009

The Islamist Hamas movement said on Saturday that it will not discuss the recognition of Israel with president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party during reconciliation talks in Cairo.

"We can discuss with Fatah all the options... which do not contradict our national goals and the rights of our people, except the American card which stresses recognition of the Zionist entity and the conditions of the Quartet," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in Gaza.

"This is not open for discussion."

The so-called Quartet -- the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States -- has long demanded that Hamas renounce violence and recognise Israel and past peace agreements as a precondition for dealing with any Palestinian government in which the Islamist movement is represented.

Representatives of Fatah and Hamas began a new round of reconciliation talks in Cairo on Saturday which Egyptian officials say have entered their final phase.

"The Palestinian national dialogue has entered its final phases," a senior Egyptian official told the state MENA news agency.

The two groups have been bitterly divided since Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007.

Egyptian efforts to reconcile them have so far foundered amid disagreements on the composition and obligations of a proposed unity government.

They are also expected to discuss the status of the security apparatus in Gaza as well as the new electoral law.

The key stumbling block has been Hamas's refusal to accept past peace deals with Israel signed by the Palestinian leadership.

Abbas has said that if the parties manage to form a unity government, that cabinet will have to abide by past agreements.

Reconciliation between the rival factions is vital for the reconstruction of Gaza after Israel's devastating offensive at the turn of the year as aid pledges from international donors are conditional on the money passing through Abbas's Palestinian Authority.

There has been mounting pressure on the Palestinians to overcome their differences.

On Friday, the presidents of Turkey and Syria said it was essential for a comprehensive peace settlement.

"Palestinian reconciliation lies at the heart of any settlement in the region," Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said.

"Without a united Palestinian position, there will be no peace on the Palestinian track, no two-state solution and no return of occupied land," added the Syrian president who held talks with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas on Thursday.

 

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