U.S. President George W. Bush warned on Friday that the United States might cut aid to the Palestinians if Hamas does not dissolve its armed wing and renounce threats against Israel.
"If they don't, we won't deal with them. Aid packages won't go forward," Bush said in an interview with the CBS television.
"That's their decision to make, but we won't be providing help to a government that wants to destroy our ally and friend. I don't see how you can be a partner in peace if you don't renounce violent aims," Bush said.
"They've got to get rid of that arm of their party which is armed and violent, and secondly, they've got to get rid of that part of their platform that says they want to destroy Israel," Bush said.
Bush has said that Hamas can not be a peace partner if it does not renounce violence and continues to advocate the destruction of Israel.
According to the Palestinian parliamentary elections results on Thursday, Hamas won 76 seats out of a total of 132 parliament seats up for grabs, defeating the ruling Fatah movement led by Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. Abbas has authorized Hamas to form the next government.
The United States has long called for disarming and dismantling Hamas.