Hamas Accepts 1967 Israel Border

Hamas leaders told former President Jimmy Carter they are prepared to accept the 1967 borders of Israel although they refuse at present to recognize the existence of the Israel nation. The statement by Khaled Mashaal in Damascus ammounted to a tacit acceptance of Israel’s righ to exist alongside a Palestinian state. Mashaal also said a future Palestinian state must have Jerusalem as its capital. “We agree to a (Palestinian) state on pre-67 borderes with jerusalem as its capital with genuine sovereignty without settlements but without recognizing Israel. Mashaal added: “We have offered a truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, a truce of 10 years as a proof of recognition.

The only response of the American State Department was from Tom Casey, a spokesperson, who said: “the bottom line is Hamas still believes in the destruction of the state of Israel. They don’t believe Israel has a right to exist.” Carter has been attacked by the Israel government, the Bush administration, and right wing supporters of Israel, but the real bottom line is that Carter has secured a statement from Hamas of a willingness to co-exist with Israel for ten years. One can assume if such co-existence succeeds for ten years, it may well endure into the future.

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  • jakealope

    Sounds like an armed truce on the level of the Treaty of Huddiya. The same Jew hatred and lust for Israel’s destruction will be there. They just know that for the moment they can’t win militarily.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    An armed truce means no Jewish or Muslim lives are lost. If such a truce, connected with a massive modern Marshall Plan, was put into effect, in ten years conditions would have changed. Is is worth a try? Or, do we continue the current failed policies in which Jews and Muslims die?

  • Taniya

    how much more can Palestinians give-up? Hamas is accepting Israel to take the land that they stole from them. They have taken destroyed their homes, and killed thousands of civilians while committing so many war crimes, and yet the Israeli state is still being perceived as the “victims” ?

    There are the oppressed and there are the oppressors –everything is clear.