Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Israel - Hamas will not "recognise Israel"

Despite what the media, including the BBC said, Hamas never said it would recognize Israel.

At 1824 the BBC had this to say about the alleged Hamas statement.

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.

Wonder who those unnamed officials were?

Despite reversing the story 3 hours later, the original story is still there - uncorrected.

The correct story is this:

However, Hamas negotiators have denied earlier reports that the deal meant the militants would implicitly recognise Israel - a major policy shift.

Sure there could have been a mistake or stories change. All the more reason for the BBC to make a correction to its earlier story.

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