Hamas: Negotiations with Israel out of question

A spokesman for Hamas on Saturday said negotiations with Israel is out of the question and that the Islamic movement will never recognize the enemy.

Hamas: Negotiations with Israel out of question

A spokesman for Hamas on Saturday said negotiations with Israel is out of the question and that the Islamic movement will never recognize the enemy.

Ismail Radwan also slammed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

"We are not thinking of trying the ridiculous negotiations that the others have tried but failed to remove a single checkpoint in West Bank," he said.

Radwan added that "the Zionist enemy must depart and recognize the Palestinian people's rights."

The Islamic movement has had control of the Gaza Strip since last June when it routed security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas often slams Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and has called on Abbas to halt his bi-weekly meetings with Olmert.

On Thursday, an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel took effect in the Gaza Strip. Under the agreement, Israel is expected halt its attacks in the Strip and ease economic sanctions in exchange for an end to Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel.

Agencies

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