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Hamas hardliner reiterates no recognition of Israel in any form
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20:53, November 27, 2007

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A senior Hamas official told a rally in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday that the Palestinian people will not recognize Israel no matter as a Jewish state or a state for Israelis.

"The Palestinian people will not recognize a Jewish state or Israel and we will not let Jerusalem and the principles go by," Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas hardliner, told tens of thousands of demonstrators against a U.S.-sponsored international peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland on Tuesday.

President Mahmoud Abbas headed the Palestinian delegation to Annapolis amid feud with Hamas over the Islamic movement's bloody takeover of the Gaza Strip in June.

In such a case, the Palestinians fear that Abbas, the weakened leader, may make more compromises than his predecessor, late President Yasser Arafat, did in Camp David talks in July 2000.

"Palestine land, from Jordan River to the Mediterranean, and from Syria and Lebanon boundaries to the Egyptian borders, is a property for Muslims and Christians only," Zahar said.

"Palestine is owned by its people... no president or United Nations has the right to waste this land," Zahar said, stressing that "from here we say that we don't authorize anyone to make concession on any meter of the land of Jerusalem."

The Annapolis conference, proposed by U.S. President George W. Bush in July, gathers more than 40 countries, including Arabs and international organizations, seeking to jump-start the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for an independent Palestinian state.


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