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September 26, 2006
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Mahmoud Abbas said talks on forming a Palestinian Authority coalition government had reached the point of collapse. The Palestinian Authority president said Saturday that negotiations between the governing Hamas and his more moderate Fatah faction were at “point zero.” The radical Islamist group has refused to recognize Israel or renounce violence. Abbas and Hamas hope a unity government will lead to a resumption of Western donor aid to the Palestinian Authority, but the “Quartet” of foreign power brokers want clarification on the proposed coalition’s platform.

A senior member of Israel’s Kadima Party was indicted. Tzachi Hanegbi, head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, was charged in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday with fraud, bribery, breach of trust and perjury.

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