Hamas reiterates it will not recognise Israel

Hamas’ political chief today reiterated that the militant Palestinian group would not recognise Israel, and issued a strong warning to current Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to take no steps without consulting the militant group.

“I take this opportunity to tell brother Abu Mazen not to make any new moves, changes or appointments” without consulting Hamas, political leader Khaled Mashaal told a press conference in Cairo.

Another top leader said Jamal al-Khudairi, a independent legislator-businessman backed by Hamas, would be nominated as Palestinian prime minister.

But Mashaal said the group had not yet decided who it would name as prime minister. “Al-Khudairi is a respected Palestinian personality,” Mashaal added.

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