This is indeed a potential diplomatic shock, Whether it can be interpreted as Hamas seeking to step towards de facto recognition of Israel, remains to be challenged - by Palestinians as well as Israelis. For if it is genuine, there emerges a basis for negotiation and there suddenly seems to be a cogent Palestinian leadership ready to do business with Israel. Then the Olmert leadership has to prove whether it is ready to do business with them. Certainly the timing of this Meshal statement could be big enough for Olmert to use to deflect domestic opinion from his almost moribund government and from the impending storms of Winograd and the Bank Leumi shares investigation. How the moderate Arabs states' interpret this is equally relevant.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: Hamas denies Meshal said group would consider recognizing Israel
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