Hamas Offers “Peace” To Israel

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh brought new life into discussions regarding possible peace between Israel and Palestinians. Although the Hamas charter calls for destruction of Israel, Haniyeh suggested there might be ways to get around that statement by creating the basis of compromise. He said Hamas would agree to a peace solution that included: a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, Jerusalem as its capital, a just solution for Palestinian refugees and release of Palestinian prisoners from Israel jails. He even offered to resume discussions with a German mediator in order to find a way of releasing captured Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Haniyeh made clear his group has nothing to do with al-Qaeda and urged European nations to enter into discussions with his government. OK, his comments do not guarantee peace, but they offer the basis for negotiation

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