Israel will 'not hold negotiations with a terror group'

Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Reuters

In the wake of a Palestinian unity deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would never negotiate with a Palestinian government "backed by a terrorist organization" committed to Israel's destruction.

"The government of Israel will not hold negotiations with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas, a terror organisation that calls for Israel's destruction," he is quoted as saying in an official government release.

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Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians

Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to the Hamas and PLO unity deal.