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Monday, April 21, 2008

1. Sunday: Hamas spokesman: No referendums on peace with Israel

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri on Sunday rejected an Egyptian plan for a cease-fire agreement with Israel, Al Jazeera reported. ... Egypt's plan ...[is] to put a peace agreement, if reached this year, to a Palestinian public vote.

"The idea of a referendum on any agreement signed with the occupying [Israeli authorities] is rejected by the Hamas movement," Sami Abu Zuhri was quoted by the Qatar-based television network as saying. "No poll on the basic rights [of Palestinian people]. Is it possible for us to carry out a poll on al-Quds [Jerusalem] if such an agreement affects our rights in al-Quds?" he asked. [from Haaretz]


2. Carter: Hamas Willing to Accept Peace Deal With Israel If Approved by Palestinian Vote
By VOA News 21 April 2008

Jimmy Carter in JerusalemFormer U.S. President Jimmy Carter says the leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas have told him they will accept a peace agreement with Israel, if one is approved in a Palestinian referendum.