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Barak reiterates: Israel won’t talk to Palestinian government that includes Hamas

Defense minister demands Israel's friends in the world also not talk to Hamas, unless group undergoes 'deep and fundamental changes.'; Barak says group must dismantle terror infrastructure and accept Quartet conditions.

By Haaretz Service and Barak Ravid

April 28, 2011 | 11:51 am

Ehud Barak (2009)

Ehud Barak (2009)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued an official response on Thursday to the announcement of Palestinian reconciliation, saying there was “no chance that we will talk with this government, if they try to create it.”

“Hamas is a murderous terrorist organization that fires rockets on citizens and recently fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus of students,” Barak said. “This is an organization with whom there is nothing to discuss, and therefore we will have no discourse with them.”

The rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas came to a historic agreement on Wednesday, when they announced a decision to reconcile and form an interim government ahead of elections, after a four-year feud. Both sides hailed the agreement as a chance to start a fresh page in their national history.

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