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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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Carter: Hamas will accept Israel

Former US President Jimmy Carter has said that Hamas is prepared to accept the right of Israel to “live as a neighbor next door in peace”.

After meeting Hamas leaders last week in Syria, he said it was a problem the US and Israel would not meet the group. His comments came as the Israeli army launched a formal investigation into the death of a Reuters cameraman killed in the Gaza Strip last week.

And two Palestinians died in Israeli air strikes in the territory. Monday’s strikes killed one Palestinian in the southern city of Rafah and a Hamas militant at Beit Hanoun, a border town from where rockets are often fired at Israel.

The question is when and …for how long!!!

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