Hamas: We’ll recognize Israel within 67 borders

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3250052,00.html

Russia behind initiative
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The Palestinian government under the Hamas supports the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, according to a message reportedly transferred by Hamas to the European Union
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Hamas committed to maintaining calm among the Palestinian factions, and enforcing the Islamic Jihad
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Hamas parliament speaker Khaled Suleiman said that his party has no problem in recognizing a Palestinian state next to Israel according to the 1967 borders.
 
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KGB_resident said:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3250052,00.html

Hamas committed to maintaining calm among the Palestinian factions, and enforcing the Islamic Jihad
Other than the obvious clash over Jerusalem, what does "enforcing the islamic jihad" mean exactly? That the Hamas govt will continue to sponsor / allow attacks on Israeli's ?

Secondly, Hezbollah claims a valley that was once part of Syria but now part of Israel (annexed I believe along with the Golan Heights), is Hamas going to do the same thing? That is, even if Israel withdrew to '67 borders they would not accept it unless Shebah (I think thats the name of the valley) is given to the Lebanese?
 
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Clever move by Hamas. Be seen to be offering an olive branch, safe in the knowledge that Israel will never accept it, and you gain international sympathy.
 
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NotyouAgain!

NotyouAgain said:
Other than the obvious clash over Jerusalem, what does "enforcing the islamic jihad" mean exactly? That the Hamas govt will continue to sponsor / allow attacks on Israeli's ?
Hamas and Islamic Jihad recently reached an understanding that if financial support is resumed, the Jihad would also commit to the cease-fire.
NotyouAgain said:
Secondly, Hezbollah claims a valley that was once part of Syria but now part of Israel (annexed I believe along with the Golan Heights), is Hamas going to do the same thing? That is, even if Israel withdrew to '67 borders they would not accept it unless Shebah (I think thats the name of the valley) is given to the Lebanese?
Hezbollah is Lebanese political party. No one country recognzes the annexion of Golan Heights. I doubt that Hamas would do it.
 
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NotyouAgain said:
Other than the obvious clash over Jerusalem, what does "enforcing the islamic jihad" mean exactly? That the Hamas govt will continue to sponsor / allow attacks on Israeli's ?

Secondly, Hezbollah claims a valley that was once part of Syria but now part of Israel (annexed I believe along with the Golan Heights), is Hamas going to do the same thing? That is, even if Israel withdrew to '67 borders they would not accept it unless Shebah (I think thats the name of the valley) is given to the Lebanese?
Shebah is the name of the place, you are right to point out Jerusalem, that was the sticking point at the Barak / Arafat talks before the second Intifada.

The rhetoric of Hamas is quite clear. They would prefer to unite with Fatah to fight Israel rather then look for real time diplomatic solutions.

IMHO - Hamas is not a partner for peace but again one can live in hope!!
 
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Clever move by Hamas. Be seen to be offering an olive branch, safe in the knowledge that Israel will never accept it, and you gain international sympathy.
Israel will not accept it but they can make a counter offer that Hamas will not accept. It will end up much as it was before. Russia and Iran with a contribution from Europe will support Hamas and the US can support Israel. Israel will build its fence and the conflict will continue.
 
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Yes, but by making the offer first (in this particular instance - I know that it has been made before and will be again), they'll pick up the initial sympathy vote whereas, no matter what offer the Israelis make in return, the general view will be that they turned down the olive branch.
 
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Neo-Con: That certainly looks the way it is going with Olmert looking for closure within the next few years as far as firm boundaries with or without the Pals.
 
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Yes, but by making the offer first (in this particular instance - I know that it has been made before and will be again), they'll pick up the initial sympathy vote whereas, no matter what offer the Israelis make in return, the general view will be that they turned down the olive branch.
You are right They may win the sympathy contest which would give cover for the funding of Hamas . You are a better judge as to how it will play in Britain and Europe than I am. In the US Hamas has less credibility than the PA.

Neo-Con: That certainly looks the way it is going with Olmert looking for closure within the next few years as far as firm boundaries with or without the Pals
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In the middle east if you predict the "conflict will continue" you are almost always right . It would be nice to be wrong
 

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