Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters)
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said that he gives the Israeli government a
one-year deadline to recognize an independent Palestinian state
founded on lands occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem as its
capital, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.
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that the challenge does not necessarily imply an armed conflict should
Israel fail to recognize an independent Palestinian state, but that "[Hamas]
would add new cards to the resistance," Ma'an reported. The Hamas
leader gave his statement during a meeting with youth activists who
demonstrated in the recent Egyptian revolution against former Egyptian
president Hosni Mubarak.
According to Ma'an, Mashaal told Cairo-based newspaper The Wall Street General
that Hamas and Fatah had discussed at length the appropriate manner to
conduct resistance against Israel, which included discussions of
armed conflict. The two Palestinian groups signed a reconciliation
agreement last week, which ended a years-long conflict between the
factions and began discussions on the formation of a Palestinian unity
Mashaal said that any future armed conflict with Israel would have to be coordinated between Fatah and Hamas.
related news, Hamas said it would not renew peace-negotiations
with Israel, Al-Jazeera reported. The Palestinian group's comments came
after President Shimon Peres said he was not ruling out the
possibility of future negotiations.
Al-Jazeera quoted a senior
Hamas official as saying it was not a part of Hamas's strategy to
conduct talks with "either Peres or the Zionist entity." He added that
negotiations "are a means to stall and allot time to [to Israel] to
dedicate its attention to facts on the ground."