Monday, August 16, 2010

Misattribution of the day

According to Reuters correspondent Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Hamas opposes direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel but: 
Hamas does not rule out peace talks with Israel if they realize what it considers Palestinian rights.
Oweis later offers us a clue as to what he believes Hamas has said those "rights" consist of:
Hamas had said it could live peacefully alongside Israel if Israel withdrew from all Palestinian land it occupied in the 1967 Middle East War.
Actually, Hamas has not said this.  The terror group has offered merely a 10-year "hudna" (cease-fire) if Israel withdraws from all territory beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines.  So where did Oweis get the notion that Hamas had made this statement?  From Jimmy Carter:
Earlier, Carter said that Hamas is prepared to accept the right of Israel to “live as a neighbor next door in peace."
A perfectly understandable conflation of the two.

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