Olmert: 'Israel will not speak to Hamas'

"Israel will not speak to Hamas, make no mistake about this," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said during a Kadima faction meeting on Monday afternoon. While Israelis and Palestinians prepared to resume formal peace talks next week, Olmert told the faction - as he told Cabinet a day earlier - that Israel did not regard the December 2008 peace deal target date as a deadline. Still, he said he hoped "to reach an agreement - if possible - as soon as possible."