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Haniyeh: PLO must suspend talks with Israel until MPs freed

Following reports of the detention of Speaker of the Palestinian Parliament Aziz Dweik by Israel, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for the suspension of PLO talks with Israel until Dweik’s release.

“A Palestinian should not shake the hand of his enemy, the enemy who arrests the symbols of Palestinian legitimacy,” he said. “This is the minimal response to the detention of Dweik and all lawmakers until they’re freed.”

Haniyeh also called for the “futile and unsuccessful” negotiations with Israel to end and criticized the Palestinian Authority’s close cooperation with Israel in the field of security. “We want to see the security coordination with the (Israeli) occupation stopped,” he said. “Palestinian reconciliation and security cooperation with the occupation are two parallel lines that cannot meet.”

Ma’an News Agency, Palestine

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