Mashaal: Hamas wants to form gov't with Fatah

October 13, 2006 09:33

Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal says the movement doesn't want to rule the PA alone, and that the group is interested in establishing a government with Fatah, Israel Radio reported Friday morning. Mashaal added, however, that such a government would need to take its orders from the Palestinians and not from the US or Israel. At a press conference in Damascus, Mashaal announced that Hamas would not submit and would not recognize Israel. He called for Arab nations to break the siege on the Palestinian people and to hold a summit meeting to set up a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. According to Mashaal, the Palestinians would never give up on their settlement rights. Regarding kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Mashaal said Hamas had no interest in holding the soldier, and that he was prepared to release him as part of a prisoner swap, as had been done in the past.

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