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Israel to declare Hamas-led Palestinian Authority ?hostile?

Israel's government is to rule out contact with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and declare the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority a "hostile entity," an Israeli government spokesman said on Sunday.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 22:24 IST

Israel's government is to rule out contact with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and declare the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority a "hostile entity," an Israeli government spokesman said on Sunday.

The security Cabinet, a small group of top officials, recommended on Sunday that Israel cut all ties with the Palestinian Authority, including Abbas, ruling out the possibility that Israel would negotiate with the moderate Palestinian president in an effort to bypass the Islamic Hamas group, spokesman Asaf Shariv said.

The full Cabinet is to discuss and approve the recommendations at its weekly meeting next Sunday, making the measures official Israeli policy, Shariv said.

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 22:24 IST