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Hamas naysays talks with UN over ceasefire, to decide ‘next steps’

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The Times of Israel is liveblogging Monday’s events as they unfold.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to give an “important diplomatic announcement” at 3 p.m., his party says.

The announcement will come when the Likud party was set to convene for its weekly faction summit, which most Knesset parties hold on Monday afternoon, and which usually include a statement from the party leader at the top.

Netanyahu’s press corps has been criticized in the past for overselling the supposed significance of his “dramatic statements” in order to drum up press coverage.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi says he’s not willing to negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program, nor its support of regional militias, and is wary of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

“Any negotiations that guarantee national interests will certainly be supported, but… we will not allow negotiations to be for negotiation’s sake,” he says in his first press conference, adding that his........

© The Times of Israel

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