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JERUSALEM–Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says the militant Palestinian group Hamas would be willing to live peacefully alongside Israel, despite being formally opposed to the existence of the Jewish state.
The only condition demanded by Hamas, he said, is that a peace deal with Israel first be ratified by Palestinians either through a referendum or by means of an election.
"They said they would accept a Palestinian state on 1967 borders if it was approved by Palestinians," Carter told an audience of about 250 Israelis gathered at a Jerusalem hotel yesterday.
"Hamas will accept a decision by the Palestinian people – even if Hamas is opposed to the agreement."
But later in the day exiled Hamas supreme leader Khaled Mashaal sent mixed signals, stressing that his group would accept a Palestinian state next door to Israel but would never outright recognize the Jewish state.
Originally posted by Sestias
I commend Carter for his efforts, and if he can move the Palestinians and the Israelis even a few inches closer to agreement the trip is worth it.