Palestinian election winner Hamas will not recognize Israel despite pressure from Russia to do so during talks in Moscow, a senior leader of the Islamic militant group said on Saturday.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas's deputy political leader, told Reuters in an interview that recognizing Israel would negate all Palestinian rights.
"It means a negation of the Palestinian people and their rights and their property, of Jerusalem and the holy sites, as well as negation of their right of return. Therefore the recognition of Israel is not on the agenda," Abu Marzouk said.
March 04, 2006
Hamas refuses to bow to Russian pressure to recognise Israel's "right" to exist
According to Ha'aretz, Russia has been rebuffed in its quest to have Hamas recognise Israel's "right" to exist.