Hamas leader slams Arab League decision on peace talks
Hamas has slammed the Arab League's agreement for giving Washington more time to save the Middle East peace talks. The Hamas prime minister in Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, criticized the decision on Saturday, arguing a return to the negotiating table would let Israel off the hook and encourage Israeli violations of Palestinians' rights.
Direct talks between the PA and Israel have only led to a "cycle of political paralysis" and are a waste of time, the Ma'an news agency quoted the Palestinian prime minister as saying. The Hamas leader also called on Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank to resist the Israeli occupation.