Hamas rejected a new political plan presented by Kadima No. 2 Shaul Mofaz on Sunday, saying it would not negotiate with Israel, Army Radio reported.
"Hamas will not negotiate with Israel," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. "We do not believe in engaging with the occupation, or in talks that would beautify its face in the eyes of the world."
Mofaz's speech was timed with Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas's announcement that he was withdrawing from the PA presidential election, Barhoum claimed.
On Sunday morning, Mofaz said that "If Hamas is elected and wants to negotiate and accept quartet conditions, then it's no longer Hamas. Responsible leadership in Israel would sit with those who changed their agenda."