The exiled leader of Hamas has announced Hamas would agree to a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with Israel. In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, Khaled Mashaal said Hamas has accepted the 2006 prisoners document drafted by members of different Palestinian factions. The agreement calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Earlier this week, the Arab League renewed a six-year old peace proposal based on similar terms. Successive Israeli governments have either ignored or rejected the offer, which would require the dismantling of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
WHO: Dozens of Palestinians Die Awaiting Israeli Permission for Medical Treatment
Meanwhile the World Health Organization is reporting dozens of Palestinians have died while waiting for Israeli permission to receive medical care in Israel. The WHO says thirty-two Gaza residents have died awaiting treatment since October. The victims ranged from a one-year child to a seventy-seven-year old man. Six of the dead were waiting for the permits. Others were denied permits because Israeli officials labeled them a security risk. Others had received permits for themselves but had to await Israeli permission to admit Palestinian doctors. And others died while waiting to cross the Erez border crossing into Israel.
Opposition Party Wins Zimbabwe Parliament Vote
In Zimbabwe, final results show the main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change has narrowly won parliamentary elections. The MDC won 99 seats while President Robert Mugabe’s party won ninety-seven. Presidential results have yet to be announced but Mugabe appears headed toward a run-off vote against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.