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Report: Hamas to announce softened stance on IsraelHamas is planning to release a new policy document announcing that the organization no longer calls for the destruction of Israel, according to a source who was interviewed by Reuters. However, the terrorist organization still rejects Israel’s right to exist and supports the armed fight against Israel.
A source close to the terrorist organization told Reuters on Monday that Hamas will no longer call for the destruction of Israel. The source claims that the organization will release a new policy document later today that not only disallows the clause in the 1988 Hamas charter calling for the destruction of Israel but also severs the organization’s ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The source said that Hamas hopes that the document will help improve its relations with the Egyptian government and Arab Gulf states, which view the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The West also labels the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and Hamas is hoping that by changing its policy toward the group, the West will stop considering it a terrorist organization.
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The source also told Reuters that Hamas, which has been ruling Gaza since 2007, will agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders. The source added that while Hamas will no longer call for the destruction of Israel, the organization still rejects Israel’s right to exist and supports the armed fight against Israel.
It is still unclear whether the new document will completely replace or just amend the terrorist organization’s 1988 charter. The Hamas spokesperson in Qatar declined to comment. In addition, no immediate comment from Egypt and the Gulf Arab states was obtained. However, Arab sources said that there is a connection between the document and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ upcoming visit to Washington.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office stated in response that the Hamas document is an attempt to deceive the world. “Hamas is trying to mislead the world but it will not succeed,” stated David Keyes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson to foreign media.
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