India Intelligence Report
 

World Asks Hamas to Drop Violence

 

Israeli Ambassador to India David Danielli said that India could make a substantial contribution to peace with Palestinians because it maintained good relations with both sides. However, he reiterated the message from Tel Aviv that Israel will not negotiate with Hamas, the victory of recent elections in the Palestinian Territories, without it first renouncing violence and also accepting Israel's right to exist. Hamas is under severe economic pressure from the world community to accept a more peaceful role. To reinforce their demands, they have suspended their aid. Hamas has refused to be coerced into accepting Israel. Russia has joined the West and Israel demanding that Hamas walk away from violence.

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