[Former President Jimmy Carter] spoke in Jerusalem after meeting last week with top Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, and his deputy in Syria. It capped a nine-day visit to the Mideast aimed at breaking the deadlock between Israel and Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip.
"They (Hamas) said that they would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, if approved by Palestinians and that they would accept the right of Israel to live as a neighbor next door in peace," Carter said.
In Damascus, Mashaal said Hamas was offering Israel a 10-year truce if it withdraws from all lands it seized in the 1967 war.
He confirmed that Hamas would be satisfied with a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders — implicitly accepting that Israel would exist alongside that state. But Mashaal stressed the group would never outright recognize the Jewish state.
"We agree to a (Palestinian) state on pre-67 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital with genuine sovereignty without settlements but without recognizing Israel," Mashaal told reporters.
Nobody's buying it; How can you offer a truce to a country which you don't believe exists? Hamas-types aren't even crafty enough to keep from contradicting Carter.
Or perhaps Hamas is having sport with a bitter old man who is possibly suffering from dementia.
If the former president's kids loved him, they would intervene. It's sad, however, to ponder that they may be as tired of him as many of the rest of us are.
(Thanks to Hot Air)
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