The following is a news article that appeared in yesterday's MTL Gazette:
HAMAS REJECTS AL-QA'IDA
Cairo- Officials of the Palestinian militant group Hamas yesterday shrugged off the support offered the day before by Al-Qa'ida's No. 2 leader in a video broadcast , saying their group has a different ideology than the terror network and won the parliementary elections through its moderate approach to Islam.
In a video aired Saturday by al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri called for jihad, or holy war, to reclaim Palestinian lands and implied Al-Qa'ida's support for Hamas's refusal to recognize Israel despite international pressure since the militant Islamic group swept the parliementary elections in January.
Hamas is setting up a new palestinian cabinet after defeating Fatah, which had ruled Plalestinian politics for four decades. Hamas does not accept the presence of the Jewish state in the Middle East and has sent dozens of suicide bombers into Israel.
Al-Zawahri complained in the videotape that the previous Palestinian leaderships ''sold Palestine'' through peace agreements in oslo and Madrid and the US-backed ''road map'' peace plan.
''This is a dangerous deal which should be dropped immediately,'' he said.