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Moderate voices vie for clout within Hamas

When imprisoned Palestinians from both Hamas and Fatah last week issued a joint platform that calls for a Palestinian state with the “1967 boundaries,” Hamas was caught off guard. Leaders of Hamas, the Islamic militant organization-cum-political party now at the helm of the Palestinian Authority, have said that they will not recognize Israel or endorse a two-state solution – and the prison statement implied something quite the contrary. Reactions from the Hamas leadership ran the gamut. Several Hamas spokesman were quick to insist that the letter didn’t explicitly indicate support for a two-state solution, while others said Hamas is open to negotiation and will follow the will of the people. Full Story

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