Monday, April 21, 2008

CARTER CALLS FOR HAMAS TO BE INCLUDED IN PEACE TALKS

ALJAZEERA - Jimmy Carter, the former US president, has called for Hamas to be included in peace negotiations, saying they are willing to "live as a neighbor next door in peace" with Israel if Palestinians approve a deal. Carter said on Monday that Hamas leaders told him they would accept a negotiated peace agreement, if voted for by the Palestinian people. "They said they would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders if approved by Palestinians . . . even though Hamas might disagree with some terms of the agreement," Carter said.

Carter, who has angered Israel by meeting Hamas, also said the peace efforts had "regressed" since a US-hosted conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in November. . . "The problem is that Israel and the United States refuse to meet with someone who must be involved.". . .

Speaking to Al Jazeera after the news conference, Carter reiterated that he believed Hamas would accept the existence of Israel if the Palestinian population voted to accept it. . .

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland, reporting from Gaza, said that Hamas' willingness to continue to secure a peace deal, implicitly reflects the group's recognition of the state of Israel. "This effectively pulls the rug from under Israel, as they have constantly maintained that the reason they will continue isolating Hamas is because they will no recognize their state. The ball is now in Israel's court."

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