Hamas: We Told U.S. in the Past That We Would Accept Palestinian State Along 1967 Borders

In semi-annual report cited by Israel Radio, the militant group also says it asked the U.S. to engage in dialogue and to lift veto on reconciliation efforts with Fatah.

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The Hamas militant group announced Monday that it had previously told the United States it would accept the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, according to Israel Radio.

Citing the organization's semi-annual report, Israel Radio said that Hamas had also asked the U.S. administration to open dialogue. The militant group said in its report that it had passed that message along via American academics and politicians visiting the Gaza Strip.

Hamas' exiled political chief Khaled MeshalCredit: AP

Hamas also said that it had asked Washington to lift the veto it had imposed on reconciliation efforts between the militant group and its rival, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction.

Hamas, which seized control of Gaza from Fatah in a bloody 2007 coup, has adamantly opposed the resumption of direction peace negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

It refuses to recognize Israel and vowed to take "effective" and violent measures to foil the renewed peace process. Since Abbas began face-to-face negotiations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington this month, Hamas has claimed responsibility for a barrage of rocket and mortar shell fire at Israel.

Hamas also said it was behind two shooting attacks in the West Bank over the course of two days earlier this month. Four Israelis were killed in the first attack and another two were wounded in the second.



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