The Guardian: Hamas still refuse to recognise Israel

Hamas said today it would accept a Palestinian state on land occupied in the 1967 war, but it would not explicitly recognize Israel.

Hamas leader Ahmed Khaled
Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal,

The British newspaper The Guardian display early disagreement within Hamas in regards to a controversial statement by Jimmy Carter earlier today.

The exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, spoke at a press conference in Damascus, after the press conference held by the former US President.

Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, said the group would «respect Palestinian national will even if it was against our convictions»  an apparent reference to a referendum on a peace deal.

His comments came at a news conference in Damascus, Syria, after a rare series of meetings between the former US president Jimmy Carter and Hamas Islamists in the West Bank, Cairo and Damascus.

At an earlier press conference, Carter said Hamas would accept a two-state peace agreement with Israel as long as it was approved by a Palestinian referendum or a newly elected government.

Source:  The Guardian

First published 17.06.09.

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