Abbas: ‘Hamas wants Palestinian state with ’67 borders’
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Abbas: ‘Hamas wants Palestinian state with ’67 borders’

Hamas and Fatah agree on non-violent path to statehood

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, February 23, 2012 (photo credit: Mohammed al-Hums/Flash90)
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, February 23, 2012 (photo credit: Mohammed al-Hums/Flash90)

Hamas agrees to a Palestinian state in the pre-’67 borders, PA President Mahmoud Abbas told Al Jazeera on Saturday.

The same day that he announced issuing preconditions for future negotiations with Israel, Abbas said that Hamas and the PA have no ideological differences in terms of negotiations with Israel.

“We agree that negotiations with Israel can only continue if Israel freezes settlement construction. There is also agreement upon protests and not violence,” he said.

Regarding future peace talks with Israel, Abbas remarked that he is neither optimistic nor pessimistic, there is no alternative.

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