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Netanyahu: 'Abbas must pick Israel or Hamas'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will head a Palestinian unity government, after a second meeting with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.

The interim government is to prepare polls in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had criticised Mr Abbas's announcement, saying he had chosen to "abandon the way of peace" in reaching a power-sharing deal with Hamas.

Speaking after the deal was signed in Doha, Mr Netanyahu warned Mr Abbas: "You can't have it both ways. It's either a pact with Hamas or peace with Israel".

  • 06 Feb 2012
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