Israel, meanwhile, is imposing economic sanctions on the Palestinian Authority, withholding about $50 million dollars a month in tax revenues, saying it will not finance Hamas, reports CBS News correspondent Robert Berger.
Osama Hamdan, a member of the group's exiled leadership, spoke a day after international donors that support the Palestinian government said millions of dollars of aid could be in jeopardy if Hamas does not change its violent ways. Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide attacks, is poised to lead the next Palestinian government after winning legislative elections.
"We are looking for alternative sources and we will not allow ourselves to be blackmailed," Hamdan said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Beirut, Lebanon. "We will not accept any conditions from anybody. At the same time, we are ready for dialogue."
In other developments:
Monday's meeting of the so-called "Quartet" of Mideast peace makers — the European Union, United States, Russia and United Nations — stopped short of issuing an outright threat to Hamas.
But they said it is "inevitable" that future aid to a Hamas-led government "would be reviewed" if Hamas fails to renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing agreements between the Palestinians and Israel. Hamas leaders on Monday rejected the Western demands.