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Israel won't deal with Hamas: Acting PM

Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian Government that includes Hamas members, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 03:39 IST

Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian Government that includes Hamas members, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a statement on Thursday, in response to a sweeping victory by the Islamic militant group in parliament elections.

"The state of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian administration if even part of it is an armed terrorist organization calling for the destruction of the state of Israel," the statement said.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 03:39 IST