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Hamas Almost Admits Israel Is Real

Stop the presses! The head of Hamas has almost, sort of, maybe, kind of recognized Israel. Israel is a "reality" and "there will remain a state called Israel, this is a matter of fact," Hamas leader abroad Khaled Mashaal said … Read More

By / January 10, 2007

Stop the presses! The head of Hamas has almost, sort of, maybe, kind of recognized Israel.


Israel is a "reality" and "there will remain a state called Israel, this is a matter of fact," Hamas leader abroad Khaled Mashaal said in an interview to Reuters on Wednesday.

"The problem is not that there is an entity called Israel," he said. "The problem is that the Palestinian state is non-existent."

And Reuters is already spinning it as "recognition" of Israel.

Softening a previous refusal to accept the Jewish state's existence, Meshaal said Israel was a "matter of fact" and a reality that will persist.

"There will remain a state called Israel," Meshaal said in an interview in the Syrian capital, in what appeared to be clearest statement yet by the Islamist group on its attitude toward the state it previously said had no right to exist.

If you read further in the article, you see no change whatsoever in Hamas' stance, and Mashaal essentially says there will be none. Its charter still calls for the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic caliphate, return of all Palestinian refugees (which by now includes even third-generation Palestinians born in America, for instance), and a few shout-outs to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and even the Rotary Clubs. I kid you not. Hamas says they're Zionist organizations.

To recap: There is truly no change in Hamas' position, only in the fact that Khaled Mashaal used the words "state" and "Israel" in the same sentence. However, the news media will use this as proof that Hamas recognizes Israel. Watch for it.

Looks like they hired a new spin doctor. Countdown to Hamas denying Mashaal ever acknowledged the existence of Israel in 3,2,…

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