Carter calls on Palestinians to unite and on
Speaking for what might be called the “realist faction” in the
"I don't believe there is any possibility to have peace between the Palestinians and
"My own preference is for the
"The first step has to be reconciliation between the Palestinian leaders to have a stable foundation to negotiate effectively with the Israeli leaders," Carter said.
"I will be discussing with [Hamas] if they are willing to make the commitments for peaceful relations with
Carter seems to have gotten priorities straight: first, the Palestinians have to unite in order to deal with
The facts on Hamas' position regarding Israel, as pointed out by the Syrian foreign minister:
Now we have a new U.S. president with a different approach, so we hope there can be speedy progress.
He should realize, though, that Hamas has already taken two important steps: Khaled Meshaal announced his support for a Palestinian state with its border at the pre-1967 line—he did this at a press conference two years ago, and has restated that position many times since. He has also said that Hamas will accept a political solution to the conflict if the majority of Palestinians accept it. That means he accepts the political solution.
It would be a lot easier to figure out how to move forward if American officials would recognize the degree to which Hamas has already made the concessions Washington says it wants.