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Hanan Ashrawi: 'Israel destroying peace talks'

Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinians after the reconciliation of rival Palestinian factions.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told the BBC he would never negotiate with a Palestinian authority that included Hamas, which he called a terrorist organisation committed to the destruction of Israel.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO executive committee, says Israel is not interested in making peace with the Palestinians, and was looking for "any excuse" to end talks.