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April 28, 2011 12:40 pm

Hamas: New Unity Government Won’t Recognize Israel

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Ynet – Palestinian officials from the rival Hamas and Fatah movements say they have reached an initial agreement on ending a four-year-old rift that has left them divided between rival governments in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas leader who participated in the talks said that peace with Israel was not on the table. “Our program does not include negotiations with Israel or recognizing it,” Zahhar said in Cairo. “It will not be possible for the interim national government to participate or bet on or work on the peace process with Israel.”

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