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Thu Apr 25, 2024, 12:28 PM Apr 25

Hamas official says group would lay down its arms if an independent Palestinian state is established [View all]

ISTANBUL (AP) — A top Hamas political official told The Associated Press the Islamic militant group is willing to agree to a truce of five years or more with Israel and that it would lay down its weapons and convert into a political party if an independent Palestinian state is established along pre-1967 borders.

The comments by Khalil al-Hayya in an interview Wednesday came amid a stalemate in months of talks for a cease-fire in Gaza. The suggestion that Hamas would disarm appeared to be a significant concession by the militant group officially committed to Israel’s destruction.

But it’s unlikely Israel would consider such a scenario. It has vowed to crush Hamas following the deadly Oct. 7 attacks that triggered the war, and its current leadership is adamantly opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state on lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.

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Good faith offer
5 (9%)
Insidious shell game
46 (84%)
Other (please explain)
4 (7%)
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From the group that broke the cease fire and committed the October 7th attack. JohnSJ Apr 25 #1
If we are just to consider october's attack not the whole history. northern light Apr 25 #2
Might be worth exploring... if peace is really the goal... and not just new beach front hotels and resorts WarGamer Apr 25 #3
Perhaps shell game more than Other, but I believe the offer is mostly honest sarisataka Apr 25 #4
I do not believe them. Happy Hoosier Apr 25 #5
And Hamas knows that so the offer is suspect, to say the least. nt Biophilic Apr 25 #11
Then produce the hostages and we'll begin with a cease fire. FalloutShelter Apr 25 #6
Hamas propose that Israel gives them everything comradebillyboy Apr 25 #7
Would like to see Egypt's proposal agreed to by Israel and Hamas Nanjeanne Apr 25 #8
That is proably the best either side can get at the moment sarisataka Apr 25 #9
I feel they should just become a state. No strings attached. LeftInTX Apr 25 #13
After the damage Israel has done ripcord Apr 25 #10
I say let them become a state. They will then be responsible for their own actions. LeftInTX Apr 25 #12
Hamas has even less integrity than Mitch McConnel. chouchou Apr 25 #14
I am sure hams will agree to the truce. The question is, will it abide by it? Beastly Boy Apr 25 #15
They won't know if they don't take the offer. Ping Tung Apr 25 #16
Their a bunch of lying terrorists JustAnotherGen Apr 25 #17
Exactly. You don't negotiate with terrorists. You wipe them the fuck out 100%. Fuck that so-so shit. SoFlaBro Apr 25 #18
But, Gen, don'tcha know, you're supposed to negotiate with people like Duke. Behind the Aegis Apr 25 #19
You betcha! JustAnotherGen Apr 25 #20
Trying to gain traction and sympathy. lees1975 Apr 25 #21
I'm confused by what part of release the hostages and surrender unconditionally isn't getting processed? TheKentuckian Apr 25 #22
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