Olmert: We`won't wait' for Hamas to recognize us

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that he would not wait years for Hamas to recognize Israel, a precondition for peace talks, and that he was prepared to take unilateral steps in the meantime. "We waited a reasonable time. If we see there is no reasonable chance (for a resumption of talks) we will take our fate into our own hands," Olmert said in an interview with Israel TV's Channel 10. Olmert had previously said he wanted to draw Israel's borders by 2010, by completing the construction of Israel's security fence, withdrawing from large parts of the West Bank and dismantling Jewish settlements.