Benjamin Netanyahu to refuse diplomatic talks involving Hamas, complicating its efforts to end decade-long split with Fatah

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, will refuse any diplomatic talks with an emerging Palestinian unity government if the Hamas militant group plays any role within it.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, Netanyahu’s security cabinet set out a series of conditions which appeared to complicate Egypt-sponsored efforts to end a decade-long split between Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, which rules in the West Bank, and the Islamist group Hamas, which has been in control of Gaza.

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