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Hamas announces 'support for temporary Palestinian state' as it morphs into PA and vows to destroy Israel

January 22, 2006

MIM: It doesn't take much to see that Hamas thinks they can get some land by having the IDF and government do their dirty work for them. The announcement of support for 'provisional' Palestinian State is obviously a reference to a windfall which would provide the terrorists with more strategic advantages for carrying out their goal of annihilating Israel

Jan. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Ismail Haneya, a prominent Hamas leader who heads the group's candidate list in the upcoming legislative elections, said on Sunday that Hamas supports a provisional Palestinian state.

The Israeli daily of Yedioth Ahranoth (Ynet) quoted Haneya assaying that his group will accept and supports the establishment of a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 Arab land.

Haneya, however, warned that a provisional Palestinian state will be only temporary.

Meanwhile, Haneya told reporters that when Hamas enters the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), it would practice the political process in a way equivalent to resistance.

"Hamas decided to race in the legislative elections to protect the right of the Palestinian residence and the right of the Palestinians to protect themselves," Haneya said.

Hamas wants to remain armed after the elections, as it believes that their arms are legal and related to the occupation existence.

However, he said if the occupation withdraws from the Palestinian territories and the Palestinians regain their rights and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, there will be no justification for arms.

Israel captured the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, but ended its occupation in the Gaza Strip in September 2005.

The legislative elections will be held on Jan. 25, amid strong competition between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah movement and Islamic Hamas, which runs for the first time in the parliamentary elections.

The elections will be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well as Arab East Jerusalem, where 11 election lists and some 400 candidates will stand. Enditem

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