Every once in a while, world leaders and diplomats try to spin a certain piece of news to make it appear that even Hamas is willing to compromise and accept Israel's existence for the sake of peace.
The goal is obvious - to paint Israel and its policies as the sole obstacle to peace.
But every time, Hamas wastes no time clarifying what everyone already knows: that it, the group which won the last Palestinian general election, does not and never will accept Israel's right to exist in this region.
The most recent example of this phenomenon took place late last month when Jordan's King Abdullah reportedly informed US President Barack Obama that Hamas was ready to accept a two-state solution that guaranteed Israel's future existence.
Abdullah met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in Damascus, where the latter was said to have expressed a sincere change of attitude toward the peace process.
It took no time at all, and zero fact checking, for Western media, Israeli liberals, and international diplomats to adopt the story and begin shouting for Israel to return to peace talks with concessions in hand.
Two days later, Hamas put the lies to rest. The reports of Mashal making peace overtures in his meeting with King Abdullah were completely baseless, Hamas officials said in a statement released to Palestinian media.
"Hamas will not change its position" regarding Israel's existence, senior Hamas official Yahya Moussa told Bethlehem's Ma'an news agency. "We will never agree to giving the Zionist state one inch of the land of Palestine."
Moussa stressed that Hamas remains committed to the "liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea."
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