Hamas will weigh 2002 peace plan if Israel accepts

May 2, 2006 22:44

Hamas is ready to consider a 2002 Arab League peace plan - which calls for recognition of Israel and a return to pre-1967 war borders - but only if the Jewish state accepts the proposal first, a senior Hamas official said Tuesday. Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, said his group would not obstruct attempts to revive the initiative endorsed by Arab leaders at a 2002 Beirut summit, though he said such initiatives were doomed to fail. "When Israel agrees to the Arab initiative, Hamas will make a decision," Abu Marzouk told The Associated Press by telephone from Damascus.

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