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    Hamas Says Won't Recognize Israel

    Hamas says won't recognize Israel

    By Tom Perry
    Wed Feb 8, 11:37 AM ET

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Hamas said on Wednesday it would not bow to pressure to recognize Israel despite international threats to cut aid to any government run by the Palestinian militant group.

    "Hamas does not recognize Israel and we won't accept anybody in the world forcing us into a corner," Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal told journalists in Cairo.

    Meshaal, in Egypt for talks involving Hamas leaders from the Palestinian territories and those in exile on forming a government, said he expected Arab funding for the Palestinians and the new government to be arranged "in the coming days."

    He gave no details on any possible government beyond saying talks were continuing.

    "If the door of the West is closed, the door of the Arab and Islamic east should stay open," Meshaal told reporters in Cairo in reference to aid. "We have heard good promises and excellent commitment (from Arab and Islamic states)," he said.

    Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman has predicted Iran might fill any finance gap if the European Union and United States cut aid to a government led by Hamas, which swept Palestinian elections last month.

    The European Union and United States want Hamas to renounce violence and abandon its commitment to Israel's destruction.

    Hamas is trying to form a coalition government including the defeated Fatah faction, which long dominated Palestinian politics. Islamic Jihad on Wednesday ruled out joining the new government.

    Fatah has yet to tell Hamas whether it will take part. A Hamas leader said on Tuesday he expected a Hamas member to be prime minister.

    The Hamas leaders discussed the new government with Egyptian officials, who have played a frequent role in brokering talks between Palestinian factions. Wednesday was the last day of the Hamas visit.

    Meshaal said Hamas was still talking to all factions. "There is still time to reach understanding with these forces."

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a Fatah member, has said he would expect the future government to respect interim peace deals with Israel.

    Hamas's charter calls for Israel's destruction but the group has largely abided by a ceasefire Abbas declared with Israel a year ago.

    In a BBC interview, Meshaal said Hamas "could possibly give a long-term truce" but only if Israel withdrew from the occupied West Bank, recognized a right of return for Palestinian refugees and dismantled all settlements.

    Israel has rejected those conditions, first voiced by Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas leader it assassinated in 2004.

    Meshaal himself survived a 1997 Israeli attempt to kill him in Jordan by injecting him with a drug in a botched attack.

    In Cairo, Meshaal said: "Some think Hamas is offering a long-term truce and we'll wait to see what Israel will do and beg it to give us our rights. This is not on the table."

    "Let Israel make an offer, let it recognize our rights and it's up to the international community to oblige it to do that."

    Hamas, which led a campaign of suicide attacks against Israeli targets during the Palestinian uprising, would not stop "resistance," Meshaal said.

    "(Hamas) will not condemn resistance operations," he said, adding that it would also not arrest guerrillas fighting Israel.
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    EminemsRevenge Guest
    As Dostoevsky stated---Love thy neighbours but hate the Jews---

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    jetsetlemming Guest
    Is their any middle eastern country that accept Isreal?

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    Partridge Guest
    Egypt. Turkey, and possibly Jordan.

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