Two-Faced Hamas on the Two-State Solution

Recent declarations by three senior Hamas leaders suggest that the radical Islamist movement would be prepared to accept a Palestinian state based on territory Israel captured during the 1967 War including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. Speaking to National Public Radio on May 17, Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad announced that Hamas would accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza with Jerusalem as its capital.  He asserted that "we accept the state and '67 borders.  This was mentioned many times and we repeated many times."  However, Hamad concurrently stated that "[w]e are just fighting against occupation [...] We are fighting to liberate our homeland.  This is our ambition."  Therefore, Hamas's claims that it accepts a two-state solution should be carefully reevaluated.  Its perception of "resistance" and its belief that Israel in its entirety is "occupied...(Read Full Post)