Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Haaretz: Hamas political bureau head Khaled Meshal said Tuesday in Moscow that his organization was not willing to recognize Israel, saying that Israel must end the occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people and "only then will the Palestinians make their position [on recognition] clear."..
Radwan clarified that Hamas' willingness to agree to a state within the 1967 borders is only one part of the multi-stage solution it envisions...
"We are willing to consider a possibility for a long-term hudna [cease-fire] if the Zionist enemy releases the Palestinian prisoners and the refugees return to their homes. No more. The Mecca agreement has to do with the government, not Hamas," he added.
Also Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country would work toward lifting the international embargo on the Palestinian Authority and will support the new unity government.
Russia is a member of the Quartet - which also comprises the UN, the EU and the United States. The Quartet has conditioned the resumption of ties with the government of the PA and the renewal of aid transfers on Palestinian recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence and acceptance of earlier accords between Israel and the PLO.
[Note to journalists: embargo n. 1. an edict or order of the government prohibiting the departure or entry of ships of commerce at ports within its dominion. Simply holding up aid payments, or jizyah in this case, is not an embargo. It would also be useful if journalists were aware of the Islamic definition of the word "hudna." Temporary truces are all that is allowed under Islam. Permanent peace is an impossibility.]
Posted on 02/28/2007 6:17 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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