Hamas ‘would accept Palestine state within 1967 borders’

Palestinian women supporting the Hamas shout slogans during a rally in Gaza City on December 14, 2015, to mark the ruling Islamist movement's 28th birthday. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Hamas would accept a sovereign Palestinian state across the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital without recognizing Israel, according to the leaked draft of a document on the organization’s strategy. Although the document refers to Palestine as the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan river, it says the group considers a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip a “national consensus formula” while emphasizing the return of displaced Palestinians and their descendants.

“The Palestinian cause is at its core an issue of an occupied land and displaced people,” the document says. “Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the homes from which they were evacuated, whether in areas occupied in 1948 or 1967 (in all of Palestine) is a natural right, individual and collective, affirmed by all divine laws and the basic principles of human rights and international law.” It also rejects attempt to naturalize Palestinian refugees in their host countries.
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