GAZA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for Hamas on Saturday said
negotiations with Israel is out of the question and the Islamic movement will
never recognize "the enemy."
The spokesman, Ismail Radwan, also slammed negotiations between Israel and
the Palestinian Authority. "We are not thinking of trying the ridiculous
negotiations that the others have tried but failed to remove a single checkpoint
in West Bank," he said.
Radwan added that "the Zionist enemy must depart and recognize the
Palestinian people's rights."
His remarks were made two days after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
said he was ready to compromise on making peace with the Palestinians and also
Hamas administrates the Gaza Strip since last June after it took over the
territory by force, routing security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and
ousting his Fatah movement.
Hamas often slammed the negotiations between West Bank and Israel and
called on Abbas to halt his biweekly meetings with Olmert.
On Thursday, an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel took
hold in the Gaza Strip and is designated to last for six months.
During the lull, Israel will halt its attacks in the Hamas-controlled area
and ease economic sanctions in exchange for stopping Palestinian rocket attacks
against southern Israel.