Saturday, February 25, 2006

Jerusalem suffering from tennis elbow?

(today's Haaretz)

Haniyeh: Withdrawal to '67 lines condition for deal

By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and News Agencies

Hamas' candidate for Palestinian Authority prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, told the Washington Post that Hamas will examine all of the agreements signed with Israel, and will honor those that are in the best interest of the Palestinians.Haniyeh's comments, made in an interview with the Washington daily, will be published in full on Sunday.

Haniyeh, seen as a leader of the more pragmatic wing of Hamas, also told the interviewer Hamas would honor agreements that guarantee the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, and those that pledge the release of Palestinian prisoners.

When asked if Hamas would be willing to recognize Israel should it agree to withdraw to the 1967 borders, Haniyeh told the Washingon Post that Hamas would agree to a peace deal in stages, the first of which would call for stability and longterm ceasefire. He also said, "We have no hostile feelings toward Jews and we don't want to throw them into the sea. All we want is to get our land back and not to hurt anyone."

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