No Chance of Talks With Israel: Hamas

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2009 2:32 PM CST
Injured Israeli soldiers are taken into Soroka Hospital in the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.   (TARA TODRAS-WHITEHILL)
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(Newser) – A top Hamas leader says the Gaza war has killed the last chance for settlement and negotiations with Israel, the AP reports. Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal today condemned Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip as a "holocaust" in a fiery speech on Al-Jazeera. Mashaal's comments come as Hamas teams are in Cairo to negotiate over an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire to end Israeli attacks in Gaza.

Mashaal also called for an end to Israeli attacks, the removal of its forces from Gaza, and a lifting of the Gaza blockade.