Acting Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel plans to unilaterally annex the Jordan Valley under Palestinian control and also Jewish settlements to Israel. This move will ensure that the Palestinian state remains an island within Israel and without direct links to the outside world. Israel also promised to keep targeting terrorist groups. Meanwhile, Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, which won the Palestinian elections, recently, have reiterated their recalcitrant positions signifying that they are in no mood for compromise. However, Hamas said that it is interested in a â€œlong-term peaceâ€ and negotiations through third parties. Israel has already said it will not negotiate with terrorist groups and demanded along with the rest of the world that Hamas give up violence and accept Israelâ€™s right to existence. Hamas has rejected this call, despite intense diplomatic and financial pressure.