For those who misinterpreted his interview with The New York Times last week, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal on Saturday clarified that he never said he supports the two-state solution for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mashal told Germany's DPA news service the he and Hamas categorically reject any solution to the conflict that does not end with Israel's destruction.
He pointed out that he told the Times that he agreed to a 10-year truce in exchange for the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, but gave no guarantee that the war to extend "Palestine" into the rest of Israel wouldn't resume after that.
The Times and many other news outlets covered the interview as though Hamas had finally come on board with the terms of the land-for-peace process, indirectly suggesting that the only obstacle remaining to peace was Israeli intransigence.
In related news, a Hamas spokesman told the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency last week that his group had not deployed security force to prevent the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel.
The spokesman said that Israeli reports that the group was preventing rocket attacks on the Jewish state were lies meant to tarnish Hamas' reputation.