“We can accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital”.
This is a statement of Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal. His statement is a reply to the offer from the Government of Israel, who is willing to end construction in the settlements if Hamas recognize the Jewish state.
When asked by the magazine what role he would like to play in the future Palestinian state, Mashaal said he was not sure whether such a state would be formed during his lifetime.
Meshaal, according to Newsweek, is taking a more moderate tone:
“There is a position and program that all Palestinians share. To accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital. With the right of return. And this state would have real sovereignty, on the land and on the borders. And with no settlements.”
Such an agreement would fall short of the drastic goals set by Hamas’ charter, but Meshaal said his group would accept such an agreement if a majority of Palestinians approved it: “When this program is implemented…we would respect the will of the Palestinian people”.
When Benjamin Netanyahu last year accepted the concept of a “Palestinian state” in Judea and Samaria, he opened up a pandoras box.
Last week Netanyahu offered to continue to freeze Zionism, if Arab Palestinians recognizes a minimized Israel, that is acceptable for the United Nation.
For Hamas, victory seems to be at the end of the tunnel. The Jews do longer trust the Biblical promise, that the land is theirs. And if you give the devil a finger, you will soon end up losing the full hand.