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June 03, 2003

Hamas official says truce possible with guarantees

This just in from Reuters. Hat tip to The Agonist for pointing it out. The article seems to suggest that Hamas is torn between not wanting to accept the Road but strongly desiring a Palestinian state in the neart future
A senior official of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas said on Tuesday the group would stop attacks on Israelis if it had guarantees of a gradual Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territory.

Ismail Abu Shanab, in an interview with ABC's "Nightline" program, said the United States should give the Palestinians assurances about the outcome of the "road map" process that President George W Bush is promoting.

Asked if Hamas would stop attacks during negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, he said: "Definitely yes ... We are ready to offer it at any time if there is a guarantee that those preliminary steps will be taken as part of a full or wide-scale withdrawal, and not the final steps.

"We want the United States to guarantee all of these things, an Israeli withdrawal, even if it is step by step."

Bush met Arab leaders in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday as part of an attempt to break the long deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians.[more]