Hamas: any peace deal with Israel would be ´truce´ (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/20/12)
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Hamas would consider any Palestinian peace deal with Israel as a
truce, the Islamist movement´s second-in-command Mussa Abu Marzuk
said in a rare interview with American Jewish daily Forward.
"We will not recognise Israel as a state," he reiterated during an
interview conducted over two days in Cairo, where he has lived since
leaving Damascus along with most of the Hamas leadership in exile.
Abu Marzuk stressed that while under the reconciliation agreement
with Fatah leader and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Hamas did
not object to the rival Palestinian faction negotiating with Israel,
his movement´s position remained that any deal must be put to a
referendum of all Palestinians, including refugees.
"When we reach the agreement, our point of view is, it?s a hudna" or
truce, Abu Marzuk, the deputy director of Hamas´ political bureau,
told the Forward.
After Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo Accords in
1993, his successor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposed it, made many
changes, he noted.
"Let?s establish a relationship between the two states in the
historic Palestinian land as a hudna between both sides," added the
leader of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip that remains under
"It?s better than war and better than the continuous resistance
against the occupation. And better than Israel occupying the West
Bank and Gaza, making all these difficulties and problems on both
sides," he argued.
Abu Marzuk did not exclude that his position on recognising Israel
could be "completely different" in "10 years."
Hamas is currently renewing its Advisory Council (Majlis al-Shura),
which will select the movement´s political bureau.
Part of the Hamas leadership, particularly in Gaza, accuses the
political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal of having agreed to too many
concessions toward reconciliation, declaring that he would "give a
chance" to negotiations with Israel. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France
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