Last update - 17:15 17/03/2007By Haaretz Service and AgenciesThe new Hamas-Fatah coalition won overwhelming parliament approval Saturday, clearing a final formal hurdle before taking on the challenge of persuading a skeptical world to end a crippling year-long boycott of the Palestinian government....But Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, speaking after Abbas, said that the new government emphasized the Palestinian right to resistance "in all forms."Abbas also called on the Arab League, which is set to convene at the end of the month, to resist making any changes to the 2002 Saudi peace initiative, and called on the League to re-adopt the plan. Israel has called for some changes to the initiative, but said that it could serve as a good starting point for negotiations.The new government manifesto, finalized late Friday and containing some softer language than the draft published earlier in the week, still falls short of the international community's three demands, including explicit recognition of Israel and renunciation of violence.Haniyeh said that the government "stresses that resistance in all forms is a legitimate local right of the Palestinian people, granted and secured under all international conventions and agreements.""Our people have the right to defend themselves from continuous Israeli aggression," he added.He said, however, that the new government would work to expand its cease-fire with Israel.He reiterated the commitment to the right of return for Palestinian refugees and called for the implementation of United Nations resolution 194, which deals with the refugee issue.
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