Friday, January 22, 2010

Questions to which the Answer is simultaneously "Yes" and "No"

Or: As Norm puts it much more succinctly:

"Masters of the Hegelian dialectic":

British millionaire David Martin Abrahams to Hamas:

Do you recognize Israel's right to exist?

Hamas to Abrahams:

Yes

(During the meeting in Hebron, Dwaik stressed that other Hamas leaders, including Damascus-based leader Khaled Mashaal and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, have voiced support for the idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 boundaries.

"The [Hamas] charter was drafted more than 20 years ago," Dwaik noted, adding that his movement would even be prepared to "nullify" the document.

"No one wants to throw anyone into the sea," he said.)

and

No

(A senior Hamas leader in the West Bank said Thursday that the Islamist organization was prepared to accept 'temporarily' an independent Palestinian state in the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War.

But Mahmoud al-Ramahi told the Gaza-based pro-Islamic Jihad broadcaster al-Quds Radio that this did not mean Hamas would recognize the Jewish state.

'For Hamas, this solution is transitional, we temporarily accept a Palestinian state on 1967 borders without recognizing Israel and without giving up our legitimate right in the territories of 1948 (Israel),' he said, repeating the known Hamas view.)

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