Hamas is Absolutely Ready to Not Accept a State Within the 1967 Borders

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Every few years, media outlets will breathlessly relay a quote from a Hamas leader who almost kinda seems willing to accept a state within the 1967 borders. Then the media completely ignores the next 20 times that Hamas leaders say that they will never ever limit themselves to the 1967 borders.

Case in point, Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh. In 2006, Haniyeh told Haaretz that he was willing to offer Israel a ceasefire if the Jewish State withdraws to the 1967 borders.

Then in 2008, Haniyeh told British parliamentarians, including Baron Nazir Ahmed, who later offered a 10 million pound bounty for the capture of Bush and Obama, that “A Palestinian state will not be created at this time except in the territories of 1967″, which everyone took to mean that Hamas was ready to accept the 1967 borders.

Then in April 2011, Haniyeh wrote a letter to UN Chief Ban Ki-moon saying that, “We would never thwart efforts to create an independent Palestinian state with borders [from] June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital.” And the media cheered that finally Hamas had come around.

And then in Dec 2011, Haniyeh told his own people,

“We say today, explicitly, so it cannot be explained otherwise, that the armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers [Israel] from the blessed land of Palestine. The Hamas movement will lead Intifada after Intifada until we liberate Palestine – all of Palestine, Allah willing. Allah Akbar and praise Allah.

“These principles are absolute and cannot be disputed: Palestine – all of Palestine – is from the sea to the river. We won’t relinquish one inch of the land of Palestine. The involvement of Hamas at any stage with the interim objective of liberation of [only] Gaza, the West Bank, or Jerusalem, does not replace its strategic view concerning Palestine and the land of Palestine.”

The media, naturally, ignored it.

But Abbas hopped out and said that even higher Hamas top dog, Khaled Mashaal was on board with a compromise.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal agreed in the context of reconciliation with Fatah that resistance to Israel must be non-violent and a Palestinian state should be based on the1967 borders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview with the Euronews international television network.

Meanwhile Haniyeh appeared and “called for the formation of an Arab army “to liberate Jerusalem and the Aksa Mosque very soon.”

Now Khaled Mashall arrived in Gaza, thanks to Obama’s ceasefire, and asserted his willingness to compromise.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, making his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip, vowed on Saturday never to recognize Israel and said his Islamist group would never abandon its claim to all Israeli territory.

“Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land,” he told a sea of supporters at an open-air rally, the highlight of his three-day stay in Gaza.

So Hamas is absolutely willing and ready to not accept a state within the 1967 borders.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    NOT sure what all this jibber jabber is about…will they …or will they not accept a state within the 1967 borders? After all, since when does a terror entity get to call the shots, and one in whose people are not only terrorist supporters, but not a 'separate' people to begin with!

    In other words, the following factoids should have meaning, even to the peace addled in our midst, including Israel's Oslo Syndrome afflicted, who are similarly deluded – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/27/another-arab-

    You got that UN thugocrats…Barack HUSSEIN Obama…Prez Peres too…and all the rest? WAY past time to bury the Oslo peace/death accords…six feet under!

    Case closed.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      Israel has to change their tact and assert themselves. Forget world opinion. They're under NO obligation to relinquish lands fought for and won in battle.

      Tell the Egyptians/Morsi that if they don't stop arms flow across the Sinai Peninsula to Gaza, they will. Don't give up an inch of the West Bank. The WB is no longer negotiable. Take it over lock stock and at the end of a gun barrel. Expel the PLO and Abbas. Give the people there a 30 day option to live in peace….or live under Arab rule in Gaza, or go home to Jordan. Tell the waqf that their services in Jerusalem are no longer needed, so adios!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    There has never been a civilization or a nation referred to as "Palestine" and the very notion of a "Palestinian Arab nation" having ancient attachments to the Holy Land going back to time immemorial is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated upon the world!

    The Arabs and/or Muslims of today control 22 nations… 99½ percent of the ENTIRE Middle East land mass while Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck on a map.

    But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare.

    The PLO & Islam wants it all.

  • JacksonPearson

    FACT. The PLO, Hamas or whoever they call themselves are never going to accept an Israeli peace offer, because the Qur'an does NOT permit Muslims to live in peace with Christians and/or Jews.

    One just have to examine the original PLO charter and it's numerous revisions to realize that Muslims have been living in blind obedient hatred, by following Mohammad's invented brain washed Islam.

  • Mary Sue

    The self-made libtard commie dhimmis will stick their heads in the sand and not ever acknowledge that…until it's too late.

  • Larry

    The Israelis should have put a bomb down Mashall's throat and then said "oops, we got our target coordinates on a training exercise wrong".

    Getting the entire leadership of HAMAS in one fell swoop live on arab TV would have been a master stroke. The leftards in the west may have wet their knickers over it, but the arabs would have got the message.

  • http://twitter.com/shloimo @shloimo

    they're just natural born robbers, they were robbers and they will be try to rob the land that never was their
    (to steal our land that was approved by UN of course)