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Mideast Quartet Demands Hamas Give Up Violence, Recognize Israel

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The so-called Mideast Quartet -- which is working for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement -- has called on Hamas to renounce violence, recognize Israel, and stick to existing agreements.

Diplomats from the European Union, Russia, the United Nations, and United States met in London Monday to discuss how to deal with a Palestinian government led by Hamas, which has called for Israel's destruction.

The Quartet said it is inevitable that donors will review aid to a future Palestinian government based on whether it is committed to non-violence and recognition of Israel. A Hamas spokesman says it rejects the Quartet's demands. The Palestinians rely on hundreds of millions of dollars of yearly foreign aid. The United States and European Union have threatened to suspend such help. A top Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, Monday assured donors that foreign aid will go exclusively to infrastructure and salaries. He invited them to monitor how their money will be spent.

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