Hamas 'implicitly accepts Israel'
Palestinian militant group Hamas has agreed to a document backing a
two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, officials say.
The initiative, devised by Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli
jails, implicitly recognises the Jewish state.
Hamas's charter currently calls for Israel's destruction by force and
rules out peace negotiations with it.
The deal comes amid heightened tension with Israel following the
capture of an Israeli soldier by militants on Sunday.
Israeli tanks and troops have massed on the border and Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert has warned that a large scale military operation
is rapidly approaching.
Palestinian militants acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that
Israeli tank gunner Gilad Shalit was alive.
"The soldier is in a secure place that the Zionists cannot reach,"
said Mohammed Abdel Al, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance
Committees, one of three Palestinian groups involved in Sunday's
According to Israeli media reports officials believe he was injured in
the stomach and hand during the attack near Kerem Shalom.
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