Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal declared a position on Palestinian statehood that is nearly identical to that of his Fatah rival, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in an interview with CNN aired Wednesday.
|I accept that Khaled needs a JDAM on his head...|
"I accept a Palestinian state according [to] the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital, with the right to return," the Hamas leader told Christine Amanpour in Cairo.
Pushed about his party's refusal to recognize Israel, Mashaal said such a declaration could only be made once a Palestinian state has been created.
|In Cairo, where he's safe, as opposed to Gazoo...|
"After this state is established, it decides its standing toward Israel," the Hamas leader said.
Mashaal, whose interview appeared to move his positions closer and closer toward the positions of the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority
|"What's mine is mine, now let's talk about what's yours..."|
with whom Israel has conducted numerous round of negotiations, also spoke about Hamas's use of violence and terrorism.
|Since both want the destruction of Israel...|
Asked if Hamas is willing to renounce violence, he said, "We are ready to resort to a peaceful way, purely peaceful way without blood or weapons."
Such a move, however, would be conditional on the attainment of Palestinian national demands, namely, "the elimination of occupation and the (creation of a) Palestinian state and ending the occupation and the wall."
|Provided, of course, someone else exterminates the Jooz...|
As such, Mashaal also denied Hamas took part in the terrorist bombing of a public bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
He added, however, that he believed the attack was a response to IAF strikes in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense.
|Must have been Islamic Jihad, eh Khaled?|
"Not Hamas, not others, not other people from, not Hamas. No one can announce except those who committed, not me," Mashaal told CNN when asked if the group claimed responsibility for the attack.
He blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for bringing about the attack, "with his crimes, in killing the kids of Gaza, and the continuity of aggression."
|Paleos are never at fault. Ask them...|
Posted by: Steve White