Hamas: We agreed in the past to state within '67 borders

Group's Gaza leadership says it passed messages to Washington requesting dialogue with US, supporting 2 state solution.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 20, 2010 12:14
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The Jerusalem Post

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Hamas sent messages to the US government in the past stating that the movement does not oppose the formation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, Israel Radio reported on Monday, quoting the group's Gaza leadership.

According to the report, Hamas's Gaza leadership also requested to begin a dialogue with the United States.

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In the organization's biannual report, it was stated that these messages were relayed to officials in Washington through American political figures and academics that visited in Gaza.

The organization's Gaza leadership also asked the US to relax its restrictions preventing reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas has strongly condemned the current round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, accusing PA President Mahmoud Abbas of "providing a cover for Israel to pursue its policy of settlement construction in the West Bank, eliminating the refugees’ “right of return” and Judaizing Jerusalem and the Aksa Mosque.”

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has repeatedly stated that Abbas does not have the Palestinian people's mandate to negotiate with the Israelis.


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