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Israel says no talks if Hamas in Palestinian government

Israel says no talks if Hamas in Palestinian government

Israel said Tuesday that it would not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes a role for the militant group Hamas, laying down a significant potential roadblock to already complicated Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said there would be no talks with the Palestinians unless Hamas agrees to a series of conditions it is unlikely to accept, including recognizing Israel and agreeing to disarm.

The announcement came as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah government is in talks with Hamas over ending a 10-year split.

Under Egyptian auspices, the Palestinian factions last week...

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