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PNA, Hamas slams Israel's referendum law

English.news.cn   2010-11-23 20:29:20 FeedbackPrintRSS

RAMALLAH, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian leadership and Islamic Hamas movement on Monday slammed the pass of an Israeli law requiring referendum before the Jewish state withdraws from East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

Under the law, the Israeli government, before its pullout from the Golan Heights or the annexed East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their future capital, should hold a public referendum.

"The rightist Israeli government is now seeking to strike at any chance of starting the peace process on the ground," said Ahmed Majdalani, a Palestinian National Authority official.

He added that the referendum will put obstacles against the Palestinian quest to establish their statehood through the negotiations.

The Palestinians quit the U.S.-brokered direct peace talks with Israel in September, after Israel allowed a partial moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank to expire.

Meanwhile, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, criticized the law, saying it is a blow to "the illusions of the so-called peace. "

Ahemd Bahar, a Hamas legislator, called on all the parliaments around the world "to boycott the Israeli Knesset and consider it a terrorist parliament threatening international peace and security. "

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Editor: Xiong Tong
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