Abbas: I, not Hamas, will set Palestinian policy

In an interview with Israel's Channel 10 TV on Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tried to send a reassuring message to the international community by saying it was he, and not Hamas, who would set Palestinian policy. "The president decides policy," he said, noting that past agreements with Israel, including a February 2005 cease-fire, were reached under the auspices of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which he also heads. Abbas also said that Hamas was working to halt rocket attacks on Israel that have drawn retaliatory Israeli air strikes and artillery fire.