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Hamas Backs Two-State Solution

Israel has in recent days been backing off its support for a two-state solution, but Hamas, it seems, is warming up to the idea. In an interview with The New York Times, Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, said his organization has stopped firing rockets at Israel and is seeking a Palestinian state only in the areas Israel won in 1967. “We are with a state on the 1967 borders, based on a long-term truce. This includes East Jerusalem, the dismantling of settlements and the right of return of the Palestinian refugees,” Meshaal refused to concede Israel’s right to exist, though he said the Hamas charter that calls for the destruction of Israel through jihad is 20-years-old and “We are shaped by our experiences.” Israel has so far refused a full return to 1967 borders and a right-of-return for Palestinians.