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Haniyeh: Hamas willing to accept Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Posted in Activism, Palestine and the International Community, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Hamas leader spoke at a meeting with 11 European parliamentarians who sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s naval blockade of the territory. Haniyeh told his guests Israel rejected his initiative. Clare Short, who served in the cabinet of former British prime minister Tony Blair, asked Haniyeh to repeat his offer. He said the Hamas government had agreed to accept a Palestinian state that followed the 1967 borders and to offer Israel a long-term hudna, or truce, if Israel recognized the Palestinians’ national rights.

In response to a question about the international community’s impression that there are two Palestinian states, Haniyeh said: “We don’t have a state, neither in Gaza nor in the West Bank. Gaza is under siege and the West Bank is occupied. What we have in the Gaza Strip is not a state, but rather a regime of an elected government. A Palestinian state will not be created at this time except in the territories of 1967.”

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Haniyeh meets Northern Ireland’s Adams in Gaza

Posted in Palestine and the International Community, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009
Haniyeh and Adams

Haniyeh and Adams

The leader of Irish Republican Army-linked Sinn Fein party met with the head of the internationally shunned Hamas government during a two-day visit to Gaza and said he plans to brief President Obama’s special Mideast envoy about his contacts.

Gerry Adams, a key player in Northern Ireland’s peace process, met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh late Wednesday and planned more talks with officials of the Islamic militant group Thursday.

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“The fact is that the people of Palestine and the people of Israel are destined to live side by side. I believe that most people want a peaceful accommodation,” he said. “Following my meeting with Mr Haniyeh I believe that progress is possible.”

He also said: “As I have said consistently there needs to be a dialogue between the people of Palestine and their leadership and the people of Israel and their leadership. That is what worked in Ireland.”

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Rizqa: The least that can be done by the Arab summit is to break the siege

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

Dr. Yousef Rizqa, the political advisor to premier Ismail Haneyya, stated Saturday that the least that the Arab summit can do for the Palestinian people, who defended the dignity of Arabs and Muslims, is to break the siege on the Gaza Strip and open the crossings especially the Rafah border crossing.

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In his first public appearance, Haniyeh affirms right of return

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

Affirming his rejection of “the settlement conspiracy of the alternative homeland,” the Hamas prime minister insisted on “sticking to the right of return” and the establishment of a Palestnian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Ismail Haniyeh

Ismail Haniyeh

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