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Hamas won't recognize Israel
Tue May 5, 2009 7:31PM
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Palestinian movement Hamas says it will never recognize Israel, insisting that the regime is the only enemy in the region.

Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal told The New York Times that the movement "has not and will not" recognize Israel but it might conditionally accept the creation of a Palestinian state.

He reiterated that the borders of a future Palestinian state must be the 1967 borders and it must include the east Jerusalem (al-Quds).

"We are with a state on the 1967 borders, based on a long-term truce," the Hamas leader said. "This includes al-Quds, the dismantling of settlements and the right of return of the Palestinian refugees."

Mashaal added the movement is "part of any solution" to the Middle East conflict.

The status of East Jerusalem and the refugees' right of return have been among the thorny issues in the currently stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The new administration in Israel headed by hawkish politician Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted that it would not remain committed to the two-state solution.


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