Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has called for talks with Western powers to try to reach what he calls a “just peace” in the Middle East. However, while presenting Hamas’ government to the Palestinian parliament, Haniyeh showed no signs of softening his stance on Israel. Western leaders are demanding that Hamas commit to negotiations with the Jewish state.
Haniyeh said: “Our government will be ready for a dialogue with the Quartet (of international mediators) to look into all ways to end the state of struggle and achieve calm in the region. “Our government will not spare any effort to achieve a just peace in the region.” The Palestinian parliament met in the West Bank city of Ramallah, as well as in Gaza, where Haniyeh delivered his speech by video-link. Palestinian lawmakers are expected to vote on the new cabinet line-up on Tuesday or Wednesday.