| GEO World|
| PA to talk only if Israel serious about peace|
| Updated at: 1855 PST, Friday, February 20, 2009|
RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's Palestinian Authority said on Friday it will not deal with the new Israeli government if it is not committed to peace.
"We will not deal with the Israeli government unless it accepts a two-state solution and accepts to halt settlements and to respect past accords," Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said.
In the Gaza Strip, Hamas, the Islamist rulers Netanyahu has vowed to topple -- claimed Israel had picked "the most extremist and most dangerous" politician to lead the country.
The choice of Netanyahu "does not herald a period or peace or stability in the region," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said.