The United States dismissed an offer by Hamas on Monday that would accept a Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders.
"Nothing has changed in terms of Hamas' basic views about Israel and about peace in the region," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said.
The leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, announced in Damascus earlier Monday that he would accept a Palestinian state neighbouring Israel if the Jewish state returned land seized in the 1967 war and said it does not recognize Israel.
Prior to Mashaal's announcement, Carter said in Jerusalem that he was told by Mashaal and other Hamas leaders that the organization would be willing to accept a peace with Israel under negotiations led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but only if the deal was approved by Palestinians in a referendum.
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