In typical incompetent or disingenuous fashion, Ethan Bronner's front page story in this morning's New York Times, on the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, flatly states, no
qualifications, that Hamas "rejects Israel's existence."
One paragraph later, however, the story quotes Khaled Meshal, not only Hamas's main leader but also considered one of its most militant: "We
need to achieve the common goal: a Palestinian state with full sovereignty ON THE 1967 BORDERS with Jerusalem as the capital." (emphasis added) That is, since Meshal did not say the goal
was a Palestinian state on the 1948 borders, it means that Hamas is de facto accepting Israel's existence. And while Meshal does go on to insist on the right of return for Palestinian refugees, in principle he clearly is talking about a two-state settlement.