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Carter Says Hamas Would Recognize Israel

From France’s AFP:

Hamas open to peace deal with Israel: Carter

by Joseph Krauss

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Former US president Jimmy Carter said on Monday the Islamist Hamas movement told him it would recognise Israel’s right to live in peace if a deal is reached and approved by a Palestinian vote…

“They said that they would accept a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders if approved by Palestinians and that they would accept the right of Israel to live as a neighbour, next door, in peace,” Carter told the Israeli Council on Foreign Relations think-tank.

Hamas would agree to such a peace deal, yet to be negotiated, provided it is “submitted to Palestinians for their overall approval even though Hamas might disagree with some terms of the agreement,” Carter said in Jerusalem…

Carter insisted Hamas and Syria both had to be involved in any attempt to resolve the Middle East conflict.

The problem is not that I met with Hamas in Syria, the problem is that Israel and the United States refuse to meet these people,” the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate said.

Carter said Hamas rejected his proposal for a unilateral, 30-day ceasefire, saying “they couldn’t trust Israel to follow up by lessening attacks on Gaza and in the West Bank”.

Speaking to reporters after the conference, Carter said he was “not in any role to get that reciprocal agreement because I can’t talk to Israeli officials”.

“So I told them (Hamas): don’t wait for reciprocation, just do it unilaterally. This will bring a lot of credit to you around the world for doing a humane thing. They turned me down.” …

Carter also said Hamas had agreed to allow Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured in a deadly cross-border raid from Gaza in June 2006, to write a letter to his parents…

How kind of Hamas.

But somehow it seems we have heard this song before. In fact, many, many times.

And it always turns out to be a lie.


And like the night follows the day, we have this correction from the bravos of Hamas via the Associated Press:

Hamas leader says militant group won’t recognize Israel

By ALBERT AJI, Associated Press Writer

Mon Apr 21

DAMASCUS, Syria – Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal says his militant Islamic group will not recognize Israel.

But Mashaal says Hamas will accept a Palestinian state on Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The statement amounted to a tacit acceptance of Israel’s right to exist alongside a Palestinian state, but without explicit recognition of the Jewish state.

Earlier, former President Jimmy Carter said that Hamas is prepared to accept the Jewish state’s right to “live as a neighbor next door in peace.” …

It was ever thus.

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