From CNN: Abbas extends deadline for Hamas.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday extended a deadline for Hamas to accept a document that implicitly recognizes Israel, temporarily averting a showdown with the Islamic movement.
Abbas said he would give Hamas until Thursday to agree to the plan or face a national referendum.
Abbas had initially given Hamas until Tuesday to respond to the ultimatum, but decided to give the group additional time after consulting with the powerful PLO powerful executive committee.
Abbas wants to hold the nonbinding vote to put pressure on the Hamas-led government to accept the plan, which calls for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, implying recognition of the Jewish state. Hamas, which is committed to Israel's destruction, has demanded changes to the proposal and said it will boycott the referendum.
Charles Johnson explains: The Phony Palestinian Referendum.
Notice the weasel words “implicit” and “implying.” The media use these words because the fact is that this document, written by terrorists and mass murderers serving jail sentences for their crimes, contains no recognition of Israel. It’s another phony ploy by the Palestinians, in a long line of phony “peace initiatives” staged for the benefit of the West and our endlessly gullible/dishonest media.
Honest Reporting points out the truth about this latest Palestinian Big Lie: The Prisoners’ ‘Peace’ Plan.
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Posted by Forkum at June 6, 2006 05:25 PM