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March 9, 2006

Hamas Leader Khaled Mash'al on Arab TV: 'There Will Be No Concessions'

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

So much for the prospects of peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hamas Leader Khaled Mash'al on Arab TV: "There Will Be No Concessions"; "...The Demand to Disarm and ...to Turn Hamas ...Into Political Parties is Unrealistic".

"Our realism also leads us to conclude that the demand to disarm and the demand to turn Hamas and the rest of the resistance forces into political parties is an unrealistic demand, because it has nothing to do with the Palestinian reality."

"Hamas is realistic. It says to the international community: You talk about the 1967 borders - by all means, make Israel declare that it will withdraw from all the Palestinian lands occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, that it will accept the right of the refugees and the displaced to return to their lands and property, that it will dismantle the settlements, destroy the separation wall, and release all the prisoners and detainees. Since you believe in it, pressure Israel to do this, and then demand that the Palestinians and the Arabs take serious steps. Then we will be ready to take a serious step that will lead us to true peace.

In other words, in the view of Hamas, Israelis should leave Israel and march like sheep into the sea.

See the video here, and read the transcript here.

Posted by Richard at March 9, 2006 10:37 AM



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