Hamas rejects Blair's conditions for dialogue

The ruling Hamas militant group on Sunday rejected calls by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to moderate its violently anti-Israel ideology. During a trip to the West Bank, Blair said the international community should restore contacts with the Palestinian government if Hamas forms a unity government that accepts Western demands to renounce violence and recognize Israel. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group is ready to ready to form a coalition government with the more moderate Fatah movement, but "not according to standards that are dictated." "I want to renew our rejection of these (Western) decisions because we consider them as biased, unjust and conditional decisions," Abu Zuhri said.