From Haaretz, 9 June 2007: The Palestinians are united in seeking a state in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, a senior Hamas leader said in an unusually enthusiastic endorsement of an idea the Islamic militants long opposed. Moussa Abu Marzouk, a deputy to Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, made the comment in an interview published Saturday in the Hamas-linked newspaper Palestine. Hamas was founded on a pledge to seek Israel's destruction, but some in the movement have softened their stance as part of coalition talks with the Fatah movement of moderate Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The Hamas-Fatah government's platform calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in the 1976 war. In the coalition talks, Hamas had presented its acquiescence to the idea as a major concession. However, in his interview, Abu Marzouk presented a state alongside Israel as an achievement for the Palestinians. "Now there is one team, one program, one united government ... so there is a big chance to reach the goal we agreed upon at this stage, which is a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem," he said.
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