Reposted with permission from Jewish Peace News
by Racheli Gai
Jewish Peace News
Nov. 13, 2008
It’s not the first time that an official of Hamas makes a declaration that amounts to accepting Israel within pre-67 borders, and it’s not the first time that mainstream media completely ignores it, preferring to keep pushing the idea that Hamas is wishing to throw all Jews (or at least those living West of the Jordan) into the sea.
Amira Hass, a renowned Israeli journalist, was one of the passengers on the boat Dignity which had sailed from Cyprus to Gaza – as a part of the Free Gaza campaign – for the third time in 3 months.
Haniyeh: Hamas willing to accept Palestinian state with 1967 borders
By Amira Hass
The Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Saturday his government was willing to accept a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.
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.