Hamas minister: Move Israel to Europe

Oct. 24, 2006 at 7:45 AM

GAZA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The foreign minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine Palestinians will never recognize the state of Israel.

In an interview, Mahmoud al-Zahar acknowledged there were differences within Hamas on the issue of recognizing Israeli sovereignty, "But the big majority supports the resistance" to a two-state solution.

"We will never recognize Israel," Zahar said. "The Zionists have occupied our land like the Nazis did with France during the Second World War. Israel is a foreign element in the Middle East. Why don't the Jews establish their state in Europe?"

Asked by the magazine about Palestinian Prime Minister Nasser al-Shaer's views that an indirect recognition of Israel is possible, Zahar was instantly dismissive.

"That is his personal opinion and not the position of the government," Zahar said.

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