Wednesday, April 22, 2009

U.S will not negotiate with or recognize Palestinian government that includes Hamas

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has announced that the United States will not include Hamas in negotiations or recognize a Palestinian government that includes the Islamist militant group unless the organization's leadership meets three demands: recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence, and acceptance of past obligations of the Palestinian Authority.

Here is a Washington Post interview with former Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh published shortly after Hamas' victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections. Mr. Haniyeh responds to each of the three demands in the article, rejecting each of them.

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