|HAMAS: WE WON'T ACCEPT TWO-STATE SOLUTION|
Hamas' Damascus-based leader Khaled Mashal said last week that his organization will not accept a two-state solution as a means to end the conflict with Israel, Germany's Deutsche Presse Agentur
Mashal recently criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas for recognizing Israel and vowed to continue Hamas' "resistance" against the Jewish state. Hamas is working to form a unity government with Abbas' Fatah party, but must first overcome a number of political and ideological hurdles.
The Obama administration has conditioned any financial support for the PA on all of its members' explicit adherence to the three Quartet conditions-recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence and acceptance of all previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. To date, Hamas has refused to meet any of these core conditions.