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BREAKING NEWS - BBC - Tuesday, 27 June 2006 - 18:09 GMT
No recognition of Israel - Hamas
Hamas negotiators have told the BBC that the entire state of Israel has been built on occupied Palestinian land. They believe that a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza is a first step - not a final step. They believe that future generations of Palestinians will reclaim all their historic homeland. And that, in the end, there will be no room for what is now the Jewish state of Israel.
Palestinian minister, Abdul Rahman Zidan, told the BBC the document did not in any way recognise the state of Israel:
"This is an internal agreement between the Palestinians. There is no agreement between the Palestinians on specifically this phrase. You will not find one word in the document clearly stating the recognition of Israel as a state. Nobody has agreed to this. This was not on the table. This was not in the dialogue," he said.
wonder what will happen after years of calling Hamas a terrorist organization and refusing to deal with it when both the U.S. and Israel suddenly are faced with the possibility of having to recognize it.