Hamas rejects Carter’ hopes for Israel

Palestinian militant group Hamas will not recognize Israel, its political leader Khaled Meshaal has incited.

He was responding to comments by former US President Jimmy Carter, following their talks in Syria at the weekend. Mr. Meshaal said Hamas agreed to a Palestinian state on the land in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza that Israel captured in the 1967 war.

Mr. Carter had said Hamas was prepared to accept the right of Israel to “live as a neighbor next door in peace”. Speaking in Syria, where he lives in exile, Khaled Meshaal said the Palestinian state must have “Jerusalem as its capital, with genuine sovereignty, without settlements”.

He added that this did not mean recognizing Israel, but he said: “We have offered a truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, a truce of 10 years as an alternative to recognition.” The United States said Mr. Meshaal’s comments did not amount to a change of position by Hamas.

Well I have to admit that I’m not surprised at all, apparently I feel sorry for good old Jimmy!

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