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Hamas rejects extension of negotiations
Published Tuesday 01/04/2014 (updated) 03/04/2014 13:17
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) is welcomed by Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 31, 2014
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas said on Tuesday that it rejects the extension of negotiations with Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to “stop this travesty.”

The extension of talks would mark the “genuine ending of the Palestinian cause”, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

US peace efforts are teetering on the brink of collapse after Israel refused to free a fourth and final group of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners which would have completed an agreement that brought the sides back to the negotiating table in July 2013.

Furious Palestinian officials have warned that unless Israel changes its stance on the prisoner releases, it could signal the end of the negotiations, which are in any case due to draw to a close on April 29.

US efforts are currently focused on getting the parties to agree an extension to the end of the year.

Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday for two hours with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before entering talks with Palestinian negotiators at his Jerusalem hotel.

Early on Tuesday, he held a second two-hour meeting with Netanyahu, with sources close to the talks saying they discussed a deal to free Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as a way of breaking the log-jam in the negotiations.

Shortly after his breakfast meeting with Netanyahu, Kerry was back on a plane heading to Europe for a NATO meeting in Brussels.

But a senior Palestinian source told AFP he would return within 24 hours for talks with President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Kerry will fly to Europe today for previous engagements and will come back to meet the president tomorrow at noon (0900 GMT)," the Palestinian source told AFP.

Kerry had been due to meet Abbas late on Monday but the meeting was cancelled.
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
01/04/2014 20:23
"Travesty." It sure is! Israel is flouting its ethnic cleansing and theft of Palestine in the face of Mr Abbass! Kerry/US is bowing to the wishes of Zionists by playing the game of so called "negotiations!" Another Zionist ploy!

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/04/2014 22:42
Of course Hamas rejects the peace process. They have from the beginning and they are run by war criminals who are beloved by only the few crazed Maan commenters who are so blinded by their hatred of Israel that they profess love for Hamas. Yes, Julie and Maureen and Mel and Gabi... that's you.

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
02/04/2014 05:05
Hamas is free not to negotiate, and Gaza pays the consequences, just as Hamas is free to launch rockets, and again Gaza pays the consequences !!

4 ) ABE / USA
02/04/2014 20:10
Islam a religion of peace!!?

5 ) @ the President / USA
02/04/2014 20:44
ABBAS HAD TWO CHOICES:
-1- To do Nothing & Cause No Harm, and
-2- To do Something Harmful to Palestine, AND
You CHOSE the worst:
* TO SHOOT PALESTINE IN THE FOOT 15 TIMES, for surely:
- the 15 UN bodies can do nothing positive for Palestine ever,
while in response
- Israeli punitive actions will greatly harm Palestinians,
for many decades to come !!

6 ) Rami / Palestine
03/04/2014 11:38
#2 I'm going to publish a book of your comments on Ma'an. You truly do amuse me, Brian. I enjoy watching you go insane and become unhinged at diplomatic events that are out of Israel's control. Keep yapping, ol' boy. You and your buddies are doing wonders for the Israeli PR machine in more ways than you could imagine. In fact, I'll even go so far as to say that next to the BDS movement, you are Palestine's most effective tool. Thanks.

7 ) Outlier / USA
03/04/2014 19:31
Yawn.

8 ) Brandy / Usa2
04/04/2014 00:06
6 - Rami: If you do publish a book on Brian's comments, it will be a best seller for sure. Make sure you include a foreword by Hamas.
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