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Report: Hamas Endorses Two-State Solution

A (not-yet-verified) historic departure

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Haaretz is reporting that Khaled Meshal, the political leader of Hamas, has given the nod to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the 1967 borders.

Khaled Meshal, head of the Syrian branch of Hamas’ political bureau, has reportedly accepted the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has authorized King Abdullah of Jordan to convey the message on his behalf to U.S. President Barack Obama. His new stance marks a dramatic shift in Hamas’ position on the long-standing conflict.

The revelation comes according to a report in the Saudi newspaper “Al-Sharq,” which cited Jordanian sources, who said Meshal accepted the idea during a meeting this week with the Jordanian king.

The article goes on to discuss Palestinian reconciliation, which remains a huge obstacle as well as the relationship between Hamas and Jordan. But most notable here is the reported/to-be-taken-with-a grain-of-salt departure from Hamas’ previous stance.

To date, Hamas has rejected the two-state solution, although it welcomed the Arab peace initiative whose core was the existence of two states based on the 1967 borders. In the past, however, Meshal has stressed that the 1967 borders are only a first step in the ultimate liberation of all of Palestine. This change in position is an extension of a previous shift in orientation in which Hamas, after fierce opposition, decided to support Mahmoud Abbas’ effort to gain international acceptance of Palestine as a non-member observer nation in the United Nations.

This comes just hours after former Member of Knesset Yossi Beilin said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would support a Palestinian state under provisional borders.

So that’s it, right?

Report: Meshal says Hamas accepts a two-state solution [Haaretz]
Netanyahu would agree to interim Palestinian state, ex-minister claims [Times of Israel]

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Adam, I think there’s a lesson here. First of all thank you for indicating that this report is not yet verified. Second of all, I did a quick search on Google news and there’s already 116 articles, and likely will be way more tomorrow.

Here’s the thing. It’s not true. Hamas quickly came out with a statement denying it (see and translate via Google). But that’s not the real point.

The real point is that Western media is so eager to believe this that they don’t hesitate to print it. Yet, they never print the basic fact that the reason for Hamas’ existence is simply to eradicate Israel and, if they truly had their wish, Jews. It’s in their charter. They proclaim it frequently. Yet most Westerners seem to believe they’re just belligerent simply because of Israel’s obstinate ( and perhaps “evil”) nature (see the first comment to this article as evidence).

Simply put, the West enables Hamas and in doing so prevents any sort of reasonable accommodation between Israel and the Arabs. By continually seeing in Hamas what they want to see, by continuing to believe Hamas is a legitimate partner in creating a 2 state solution, by not understanding that Hamas is dedicated to Israel’s destruction, the West encourages Hamas to continue.

So, Adam, please print those articles. Print the articles that shows Hamas and PA as the impediment to peace. There’s certainly enough they do to warrant it.

Baby steps, but still progress.

Pratchettgaiman says:

Unfortunately, either one side, the other, or both will almost certainly screw this up, all the while claiming it’s all the other side’s fault. God, I’m cynical

I’ll believe it when he declares it loud and clear and unequivocal in Arabic, on and an Arab TV channel broadcasting in Gaza/


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