Peace talks with Israel a 'failure': Hamas

GAZA CITY (AA) – The Palestinian faction Hamas described on Saturday as a "failure" Palestinian Authority President Mohamed Abbas' "bet" on negotiations with Israel.

It said this "bet" would achieve nothing good for the Palestinian people.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoom called on Abbas to back the Palestinian people's resistance against Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories instead.

"There is no use taking a gamble on deep and corrosive negotiations," Barhoom said in a statement.

He said Palestinian-Israeli negotiations had proved a failure during the past decades.

On Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he believed that negotiations were the only road to peace with Israel.

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed in April of 2014 over Israel's refusal to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

The talks aimed to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the roots of which date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War.

It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

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