Three days after talks with former US President Jimmy Carter, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told a news conference he would recognise a Palestinian state within its 1967 borders, but not the state of Israel. (Story: C.Moore)
He was referring to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which
But some of Hamas's commitments to Carter, in talks he held with its leader Khaled Meshaal in
Hamas, which is viewed as a terrorist organization by the
These include recognizing
"I can't see that anything's fundamentally changed here," State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters.
"I think you can take it with a grain of salt. We have to look at the public comments and we also have to look at actions, and actions speak louder than words," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
Hamas Islamists, who won a 2006 election and formed a unity government with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, seized control of
The State Department has said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, the top
"He (Welch) was quite positive. He never asked me, or even suggested, that I not come," Carter said. "Subsequently I saw all kind of statements out of the State Department that said they begged not to come, they urged me not to come. All of that is absolutely false. They never once asked me not to come."
Casey insisted that Welch urged Carter not to meet Hamas officials. "We encouraged him, and urged him, not to in fact have such meetings. Why he understood or took that conversation differently I don't know," Casey told reporters.
Date created : 2008-04-21