Hamas: Israel threatening 'collective punishment'

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February 16, 2006 19:25

 
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A Hamas spokesman on Thursday accused Israel of threatening "collective punishment" against the Palestinians once the Hamas takes power. Mushir al-Masri, an incoming Hamas lawmaker, also dismissed reports that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will force the group to recognize Israel. He expressed confidence Hamas would find a "common understanding" with Abbas. Israeli officials on Thursday said they are planning tough economic measures against the Palestinians after the new Hamas-led parliament is sworn into office on Saturday.

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