Abbas lays down challenge to Hamas on Israel
| May 25, 2006 at 09:45 amby
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas presented a stern challenge to Hamas on Thursday, calling on the ruling militant group to back a Palestinian proposal that recognizes
Israel or face a referendum on the issue.
In a surprise move on the first day of a two-day 'national dialogue' designed to resolve differences between Hamas and his
Fatah movement, Abbas gave delegates 10 days to reach an agreement on the plan or face a popular vote.