NO, they don’t.
JERUSALEM POST reported on 1/21 that Hamas has accepted Israel’s right to exist and would be prepared to nullify its charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel, Aziz Dwaik, Hamas’s most senior representative in the West Bank, said on Wednesday. Dwaik’s remarks are seen in the context of Hamas’s attempts to win recognition from the international community.
ISRAEL TODAY A newspaper report last week stated that ruling Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas had offered to recognize Israel’s right to exist in return for a sovereign Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The report confused many by suggesting that Hamas had suddenly dropped its long-held goal of destroying Israel, thereby opening the door for peace, if only Israel would offer more concessions.
HAMAS says, “The Qur’an calls for extermination of all Jews in the 21st Century.”
The faulty report appeared in the Jerusalem Post, which quoted British tycoon David Abrahams as carrying a positive message following his meeting with Dr. Aziz Dwaik, Hamas’ senior representative in Judea and Samaria and speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
According to remarks attributed to Abrahams, Dwaik said Hamas was ready to accept Israel’s right to exist and abolish its hostile charter.
Son of HAMAS leader confirms, “HAMAS will NEVER agree to to PEACE WITH ISRAEL and will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.”
A day later, Dwaik told Arab media that he had been misquoted, and that Hamas will never recognize Israel’s sovereignty over any of the land. Gaza-based Hamas leader Salah Al-Bardawil also rejected the report’s accuracy, insisting that the group’s position “regarding the Zionist entity” remains unchanged.
Palestinian Authority officials aligned with the ruling Fatah faction told the newspaper at the weekend that they were growing frustrated by the intervention of European envoys like Abrahams, who they said are only complicating efforts to achieve reconciliation between the two Palestinian factions and a peace agreement with Israel.
Not that the PA (FATAH) will recognize Israel anymore than HAMAS will.
JERUSALEM POST The Palestinian Authority over the weekend expressed concern over Hamas’s growing attempts to gain recognition from the international community and warned EU representatives against engaging in dialogue with the extreme Islamist movement. “Those who are trying to legitimize Hamas are harming the Palestinian Authority and any chance of achieving peace with Israel,” he said.
Hamas officials, meanwhile, said that their group accepts the two-state solution but only as a temporary one.