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Hamas PM rejects Arab position over land swaps with Israel

English.news.cn   2013-05-03 04:14:12            

GAZA, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya rejected Thursday the Arab states' support for land trade to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Our borders are the land of historic Palestine, and that land is our land and we reject the Arab initiative," Haneya said in a brief statement.

On Tuesday, Arab ministers, led by Qatar's foreign minister, told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the Arab League has no objection to a limited and agreeable land swap between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Arab position was meant to support the West Bank-based Palestinian leadership for a possible resumption of peace talks with Israel, sponsored by the United States and based on the two- state solution.

"This is an unacceptable concession," Haneya said, blaming his rivals in the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) for giving a green light to the land swap idea.

Haneya reiterated his Islamic movement's stance that armed resistance "is the strategic choice for the Palestinian people and what has been taken by force can be restored only by force."

Editor: yan
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