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Fatah still refuses to recognize Israel, 2009
When Western countries met last month to pledge billions of dollars in funding to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, they stressed that Hamas would not receive funding until it recognized Israel. However, a senior Fatah leader, Muhammad Dahlan, admitted yesterday on Palestinian Authority television that Fatah - just like Hamas - still does not recognize Israel.

Muhammad Dahlan, senior Fatah leader:
"They [Hamas] always say that the Fatah movement wants Hamas to recognize Israel. This is a gross deception. I want to say for the thousandth time, we demand of the Hamas movement not to recognize Israel, because the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel, even today. I maintain the position of the Hamas and of the Fatah not to recognize Israel, but the [PA] government is required to offer medical treatment, to make education easier. It's required of the government [to recognize Israel] but not of the Fatah, so that this goverment will be able to offer the necessary assistance, to carry out the necessary reconstruction... This can be dealt with [only] by a government that has relations with the international community, one that is acceptable to the international community, in order that we can work together and benefit from the international community."
Official Palestinian Authority TV Mar. 16, 2009 (1 min)


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