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Asked about the significance of the Prime Minister’s words on Hamas, the PMOS said that everyone knew what the solution was going to be. It was going to be a two state solution. At present Hams was refusing to recognise that and was refusing to renounce violence. The Prime Minister considered that to be unacceptable. However if Hamas did change that position then he believed there should be an accelerated process. He recognised the need to get momentum back into the process. If you looked at what President Abbas had been saying over night there were others who recognised the need to get the process moving and not simply have a stand off. Equally the Prime Minister was very clear that Israel could not be expected to negotiate with someone who didn’t recognise its existence. That was a real problem.

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