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Senior Hamas member: Hamas has ideas to end conflict with Israel peacefully
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20:18, November 13, 2007

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Ahmed Yousef, a political aide to deposed prime minister of Hamas Ismail Haneya, said Tuesday that Hamas has ideas and proposals on resolving the conflict with Israel peacefully.

Yousef told the press that Hamas has attempted to present ideas for a peaceful solution to the conflict, "but unfortunately Israel and United States work on thwarting these attempts." Yousef didn't reveal details of the Hamas ideas.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip since mid June after defeating security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas of rival Fatah movement, is listed by the United States and Europe as a terrorist organization, while President Abbas outlawed its militias.

"Israel and United States had thwarted our attempts to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict. We tell the world that we are a moderate Islamic movement that doesn't seek escalation of conflict with the West," stressed Yousef.

He revealed that there are secret channels of dialogue between his movement and European countries, saying that "Hamas movement is not part of the problem, but it is part of the solution."

Asked about a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace summit due to beheld at the end of November in Annapolis of the United States, Yousef said "this summit is unsuccessful and no results would come out of it."

He added that he is completely convinced that the summit's organizers wouldn't send an invitation to Hamas to attend the summit.

Israel, the Palestinians, Arab and world leaders will be invited to the summit that will seek a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Source: Xinhua

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