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      Hamas Denies Discussing Two-State Solution, End to Conflict

      Hamas has denied a report the terrorist organization has expressed support for a two-state solution to end the Arab- Israeli conflict.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 1/31/2013, 11:03 AM

      Jordan's King Abdullah meets Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal at the Royal Palace in Amman
      Jordan's King Abdullah meets Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal at the Royal Palace in Amman
      Reuters

      Hamas has denied a Saudi media report the terrorist organization has expressed support for a two-state solution to end the Arab- Israeli conflict.

      Hamas political bureau chief, Khaled Mashaal, reportedly asked Jordan’s King Abdullah II to inform U.S. President Barack Obama at a meeting at the end of February that Hamas would support the plan, according to Jordanian officials quoted Wednesday by the Al-Sharq newspaper.

      But within hours after publication of the report, Hamas officials denied it, saying no discussion of a two-state solution ever took place. 

      “They never discussed the two-state solution, or the end of the conflict,” a spokesman told reporters.

      The Jordanian monarch has told Mashaal and other Hamas officials that the establishment of a firm timetable for direct final status talks with Israel in order to achieve a two-state solution will be “the only way to achieve security and stability in the Middle East.”

      The king’s words have been largely ignored by Hamas, who have encouraged incitement against him among the Jordanian Islamists. 

      The Hamas charter has based the organization’s raison d’etre on the destruction of the State of Israel, which it sees as essential to its re-occupation of the entire land on which the Jewish State is established, and the elimination of all Jews from the area.

      The group is an offshoot of the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, and has in the past stated bluntly that any Palestinian Authority state that might emerge from negotiations with Israel would be only a step towards eventual annihilation of the Jewish State, and the “complete liberation of Palestine.”