Quotable: Israel exists, admits Hamas leader

Big news from Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal, speaking from his home in Damascus: Softening a previous refusal to accept the Jewish state's existence, Meshaal said Israel was a "matter of fact" and a reality that will persist. "There will remain a state called Israel," Meshaal said in an interview in the Syrian capital, in what ...

Big news from Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal, speaking from his home in Damascus:

Softening a previous refusal to accept the Jewish state's existence, Meshaal said Israel was a "matter of fact" and a reality that will persist.

"There will remain a state called Israel," Meshaal said in an interview in the Syrian capital, in what appeared to be clearest statement yet by the Islamist group on its attitude toward the state it previously said had no right to exist.

Big news from Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal, speaking from his home in Damascus:

Softening a previous refusal to accept the Jewish state's existence, Meshaal said Israel was a "matter of fact" and a reality that will persist.

"There will remain a state called Israel," Meshaal said in an interview in the Syrian capital, in what appeared to be clearest statement yet by the Islamist group on its attitude toward the state it previously said had no right to exist.

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