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Palestinian killed, several injured in Khan Younis airstrike
Haniyeh advisor: Hamas 'cannot' recognize Israel
Published Sunday 27/04/2014 (updated) 28/04/2014 15:35
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A media adviser to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday denied reports that Hamas was considering recognizing Israel, pointing out that the movement "cannot" recognize Israel.

On Saturday the Washington Post quoted Tahir al-Nunu as saying that Hamas "did not rule out the possibility of recognizing Israel," but today the official said that he had been misquoted and that the party "could not" individually recognize the country.

Al-Nunu stressed that "it is the interim leadership of the PLO who will determine political stances in the coming stage," and that the unity government would not be playing a foreign policy role.

President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that any unity government would abide by preexisting PLO principles, including a commitment to nonviolence and recognizing Israel.

"The upcoming government will obey my policy," Abbas said in a speech to the PLO Central Council. "I recognize Israel and reject violence and terrorism, and recognize international commitments."

A Gaza official told AFP in response at that time that Abbas' speech was "mostly positive."

"It is not the (unity) government's mission to take care of political issues," Bassem Naim, an adviser to Hamas' Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh, said.

"It has only three main missions: unifying the Palestinian organizations, preparing for elections, and reconstructing Gaza."

Wednesday's PLO-Hamas reconciliation deal infuriated Israel, which pulled out of the US-backed peace talks saying it would "not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terror organization that calls for the destruction of Israel," and vowed unspecified "measures" in response.

The PLO recognized Israel's right to exist in 1988. Israel, however, has never recognized the right of a Palestinian state to exist.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
28/04/2014 17:59
(first comment spiked) Hamas cannot have it both ways.

2 ) Tristian Aleron / Scotland
29/04/2014 21:18
It depends what Hamas role is. If it is only involved in the unity government & internal Palestinian issues then it doesn't have to say anything at all. However, if Hamas membership take an active role in the PLO negotiations (should they return to negotiate with Israel), then they (Hamas), albeit tacitly would have to accept Israel under the terms of the PLO agreement, irrespective of what they as 'Hamas' think. Not really a problem, happens in real life too; 'public face versus private face'.

3 ) hasan / zambia
07/05/2014 23:09
Let the jews recognise palestine.It's about them It's about the people of palestine whose very right to exist is being taken away by the heartless zionists

4 ) Ephrayim / Israel/Australia
16/07/2014 03:38
The PEOPLE of Palestine DEFINATELY have the right to exist... just NOT IN ISRAEL!!! They (the people of Palestine) should be moved back to Jordan (which Incidentally is where most of them migrated from) and the rest who have lived in the area BEFORE 1924 (The beginning of the return from exile of a lot of the Jewish population) should STAY in the area but succumb to Israeli rule, as we succumbed to their rule after the 13th century, when saladin came and took Jerusalem from the crusaders...
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