posted on Dec, 4 2004 @ 01:16 PM
In what would appear to be a fantastic reversal of their stated position, Hamas has announced that it may be willing to accept a truce with Israel,
and accept a deal that would create a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. A spokesman for the group has also stated that it could accept a
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The militant group Hamas will accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and a long-term truce with
Israel, a leader said Friday, apparently softening Hamas' hardline stance and boosting hopes for renewed peace efforts after Yasser Arafat's death.
Sheik Hassan Yousef, a senior Hamas official in the West Bank, told The Associated Press he sees a truce in which Israel and a Palestinian state
``live side-by-side in peace and security for a certain period.''
Yousef's statements signal an apparent reversal of policy for Hamas, which has long sought to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic
Palestinian state. The group has killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks during the past four years.
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The part of this statement that get's me is the very specific terming of a "long term truce". Later in this article, the Hamas spokesman, Sheik
Hassan Yousef, states "For us a truce means that two warring parties live side-by-side in peace and security for a certain period and this period is
eligible for renewal.'' Yousef did not spell out the conditions for the renewable cease-fire nor did he say how long it would last.
This leaves me wondering, does Hamas truly want to live in peace with Israel, or are they simply looking to gain a foothold on eventually over running
Israel and claiming all of the land for a Palestinian state.
I can envisage a scenario where Hamas becomes dormant for a period, and a Palestinian state is created. During this time Hamas could be restructuring
themselves, re-arming themselves, and preparing for the final battle to completely eradicate Israel.