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Just in time for his meeting with Trump, Abbas gets a gift from Hamas

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Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and former Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University.

On the eve of the Palestinian-U.S. summit this week, Palestinan leader Mahmoud Abbas has received a big gift from his political rivals. On Monday, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) released an amended charter — perhaps the best sign that the two-state solution is alive and well.

Hamas’s new 42-clause charter explicitly talks about accepting the concept of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders. The document talks about the Israelis as occupiers but deletes any inflammatory references to Jews, showing a clear ideological acceptance of the parameters of peace that Abbas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) have espoused since the famous 1993 White House handshake between former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. “Hamas advocates the liberation of all of Palestine but is ready to support the state on 1967 borders without recognizing Israel or ceding any rights,” said Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Monday.

Ideologically, the fact that Hamas has dropped any........

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