PA Chairman Abbas gives Hamas referendum extension

Sunday, June 04, 2006 |  israel today team
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday announced that if Hamas does not approve the prisoners' document - which calls for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict according to the 1967 borders - within two days, he would send the initiative to a vote. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said referendums are illegal and that that the document must be refined before Palestinians are able to accept it. Haniyeh’s speech came after the terrorist group Islamic Jihad announced that it would accept the initiative. Clashes continued between Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah faction in the Gaza Strip. In the latest outbreak of violence, three Palestinians were wounded in Rafah.

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