Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshal says the Islamic militant group is ready to accept a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines, according to an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday.
“We along with other Palestinian factions in consensus agreed upon accepting a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines,” Meshal told the Wall Street Journal, adding “this is the national program. This is our program. This is a position we stand by and respect.”
Meshal is quoted as saying that Hamas would accept international peace initiatives, saying “Hamas and other Palestinian groups are ready to cooperate with any American, international or regional effort to find a just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to end the Israeli occupation and to grant the Palestinian people their right of self-determination.”
The Hamas leader, speaking to the Wall Street Journal from his home in exile in Syria, called a freeze to Israeli settlement activity ‘a necessary step’ but said it is ‘not the solution itself.’
In regard to Israel’s leadership, Meshal said “I don’t care about Israel?it is our enemy and our occupier and it commits crimes against our people”, adding “don’t ask me about Israel, Israel can talk for itself.”
Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday wrote off Meshal’s statements, saying “anyone who has been following Khaled Meshaal’s comments over the last few months sees clearly that despite some attempts to play with language in a cosmetic way to give the impression of possible policy moderation, he remains rooted in an extremist theology which fundamentally opposes peace and reconciliation.