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May 23, 2003

Hamas rebuffs Abbas, vows to continue terrorism

There will be, I suspect, a power struggle both within the PA and Hamas v. PA
Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip have rejected a request by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) to suspend terrorist attacks on Israel.

Abbas met in his office in Gaza City Thursday night with a number of Hamas leaders including Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Mahmoud Zahhar, and Ismail Haniyeh and urged them to accept a temporary cease-fire. It was Abbas's first meeting with representatives of Hamas since he took office three weeks ago.

The meeting was attended by PA Minister for Security Affairs Muhammad Dahlan and other senior PA security officials in the Gaza Strip.
Abbas said he summoned the Hamas leaders to persuade them to suspend terrorist attacks against Israel. But the Hamas officials quickly announced that they had turned down the request. [more]