Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (R) during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday to "tear up" his pact with Hamas, saying Israel would not take part in peace talks with a Palestinian government backed by the group.Netanyahu also said Abbas' comments earlier Sunday denouncing the Holocaust could not be reconciled with his alliance with Hamas. Israel suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians Thursday after Abbas announced a unity pact with the rival Palestinian group.In an appearance on the CNN program "State of the Union," Netanyahu reiterated that Israel would not negotiate with a government backed by Hamas. Netanyahu has said Abbas' refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state blocked progress in talks aimed at ending decades of conflict.
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