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“Recognizing Israel Cannot Be Done Before the Palestinians Establish their State”

Mesha'al: “Recognizing Israel Cannot Be Done Before The Palestinians Establish Their State”

Monday May 09, 2011 10:48 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khalid Mesha'al, urged the United States and the European Union to support the Palestinian Unity Agreement, and added that a Palestinian recognition of Israel cannot be conducted before an independent state is established.

“Enable the Palestinians to live free in their own land first”, Mesha'al said, “Enable them to establish their independent state, and then ask them, and their leadership, about their stance regarding recognizing Israel”.

The Hamas leader said that the Palestinians cannot even consider recognizing Israel before they establish their independent state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Ma'an News Agency reported.

“The European and American stances are still unclear, but we hope they will respect our will and decision”, Mesha'al said, “Our legitimate stances are internal issues; nobody should disrupt or place conditions on our rights”.

He further stated that the Palestinians expect real deeds from the U.S and Europe by supporting their legitimate rights.

“The International Community must practice pressure on Israel to recognize our legitimate rights, not the other way around”, Mesha'alsaid, “We are dealing with an occupying enemy that does not accept logic or dialogue.

Mesha'al also said that the Palestinians must continue their resistance to the Israeli occupation, by nonviolent popular resistance, and by armed resistance as well.

“There isn’t an occupier that voluntarily withdraws, occupiers have no values or morals”, Mesha'al stated, “Only pressure and ongoing resistance can oblige occupiers to withdraw”.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has officially recognized Israel and its right to exists during the Oslo peace agreement in the mid-nineties. Israel on the other hand, never recognized the legitimate Palestinians rights to statehood and independence.

Under Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his extremist coalition partners, Israel is now demanding the Palestinians to recognize it as a Jewish state, an issue that automatically drops the Right of Return.

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