Just hours after Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas assured Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that his government had no intention of reconciling with Hamas, senior Palestinian officials confirmed that talks are being held with representatives of the terror group aimed at forging a future unity coalition.
Officials from both Fatah and Hamas revealed the talks in comments to The Jerusalem Post, and said several Arab states are involved in trying to reconcile the difference between the two parties following Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza more than a month ago.
Israeli government sources warned that if Abbas brings Hamas into his government, Jerusalem will again cut ties to the Palestinian Authority, halting the peace process indefinitely.
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