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UPDATED: 07:12, March 09, 2006
Germany pledges support for Israel in dealing with Hamas
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German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said on Wednesday that his country fully supports Israel in dealing with Hamas, which won elections earlier this year in Palestine.

Israel's security has been threatened, said Jung after talks with visiting his Israeli counterpart Shaul Mofaz. "Germany was completely on the side of Israel," Jung added.

Earlier, the two ministers took part in a memorial service at the capital's Gruenewald train station, from where 56,000 Jews were sent to Nazi camp during World War II.

Mofaz said that Israel would not negotiate with Hamas unless it renounces terror, recognizes Israel's right to exist as a state and agreed to abide by peace agreements signed between Israelis and Palestinians.

On Wednesday, a Hamas spokesman said that Hamas will not recognize Israel or the agreements signed between the two sides.

Salah el-Bardaweel, Hamas spokesman in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), made the remarks to Xinhua over the telephone, which contradicted statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said earlier that Hamas was willing to recognize the road map peace plan.

The road map peace plan envisages an independent Palestinian state living side by side with a secure Israel.

El-Bardaweel said the Hamas delegation which visited Moscow, Russia, early this week, had informed the Russians that Hamas will not recognize Israel.

"Hamas can't recognize a state that occupies our lands and keeps turning it into cantons and plans to confiscate it," el- Bardaweel said.

Hamas will not be obliged or committed to any of the signed agreements with Israel, he added.

"We managed to convince the Russians on two major issues. The first is that it is our right to resist the military occupation of our lands, and the second is that the Russians as well as the world have to respect our people's democratic choice," the spokesman said.

Source: Xinhua

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