The Jewish Daily Forward on Friday published an interview with Hamas' Mousa Abu Marzouk in which he expressed views ranging from Hamas' willingness for a "Hudna," or truce, with Israel, to a possible willingness to change Hamas' charter regarding Jews, to a refusal to recognize any future peace treaty signed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The interview of Hamas' second-highest-ranking official with an American Jewish newspaper was unusual and appeared to be Marzouk's attempt to express a new readiness for reducing conflict in practice, even if Hamas still stridently opposes the Quartet's demands that Hamas forfeit its "resistance" tactics in principle if it wishes to participate in peace negotiations. The Quartet includes the US, Russia, the EU and the UN.
This was not the first time that a Hamas representative articulated the paradigm of an indefinitely extendable truce as opposed to a formal peace agreement; other Hamas representatives, including Marzouk himself ,have been proposing the idea since at least 1994.
However, this was the first time that a Hamas representative described the nature of the truce. Marzouk said, “We will not recognize Israel as a state. It will be like the relationship between Lebanon and Israel or Syria and Israel,” according to the Forward.