- Dec 14, 2011
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, stated yesterday that "we accept the two-state solution" based on 1967 borders. He has also called on the EU to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist-organisations, on which it was placed in 2003.
Should the EU accede to Hamas' request, and does this remove Israel's last excuse for not talking to Hamas i.e. that it doesn't accept Israel's existence?Euobservers said:The Prime Minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, has appealed to the EU to take his political and militant group, Hamas, off its terrorist register.
Speaking to a delegation of visiting MEPs and MPs from Poland, Portugal and the UK in Gaza on Sunday (2 December), he said: "It is time to remove the Palestinian resistance from the terrorist list. Hamas is a national liberation movement which operates only inside the borders of Palestine."....The EU designated Hamas as a terrorist entity in 2003 during a suicide bombing campaign in Israel.
The decision means it cannot meet with EU officials or EU countries' diplomats and that the Palestinian diaspora in Europe is forbidden from sending it money....The EU has three conditions for Hamas to get off the register: to renounce the use of violence, to recognise Israel's right to exist and to abide by international agreements, such as the 1993 Oslo Accord on the creation of a Palestinian state via bilateral talks with Israel.
Haniyeh on Sunday made some conciliatory remarks.
He said he accepts a two-state solution based on 1967 borders. "We do not oppose this and we are willing to work for this at this stage," he noted....