On April 7, ending a seven-day visit to Israel, I finally got an interview I had sought for a year. I sat down in a Palestinian Authority office in Ramallah with a leader of Hamas, the extremist organization that won last year's elections. This leader pushed a two-state Israeli-Palestinian solution and deplored suicide bombers. But officials in Washington seem not to want to hear Hamas calling for peace. [Emphasis mine]
No fringe character, this was Naser al-Shaer: education minister and deputy prime minister in the new coalition government. Shaer signaled that the regime recognizes Israel's right to exist and forgoes violence... even if Hamas does not. "We hope that it is going to be a matter of time," Shaer told me. "But there is a big chance now." [Emphasis mine]
Calling for peace with a country whose existence you don't recognize seems to have success written all over it.