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Israel Negotiating with Hamas According to Abbas; Obama Criticizes Settlement Expansion

On Thursday in an interview with the BBC, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that Israel is carrying out secret negotiations with Hamas.

Hamas vehemently denies that any such talks are taking place.

Abbas claims that the discussions are centered around the temporary borders of a Palestinian state.

Abbas criticized Netanyahu’s government as not interested in peace as well as Washington for not pressuring Israel enough. This commentary comes after Israel has announced it will continue to allow settlement expansion in East Jerusalem. President Obama recently told Fox News that he “think(s) that additional settlement building does not contribute to Israel’s security, I think it makes it harder for them to make peace with their neighbors.”

For more see  Haartez and BBC

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