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Israel dismisses purportedly "friendlier" Hamas charter

Hours before its official launch, Israel on Monday afternoon pre-empted Hamas’s anticipated new amendment to its charter, which seeks to put a friendlier face on the terrorist organisation, saying that it still adheres to genocidal policies.

“When Hamas stops building tunnels and spends its resources on civilian infrastructure and ceases educating toward killing Israelis — that will be true change. But that hasn’t happened,” a statement issued by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office said.

“Hamas is attempting to fool the world, but it will not succeed,” David Keyes, a spokesperson for Netanyahu, told The Times of Israel on Monday, with the Palestinian organisation set to present its new “policy paper” in Qatar.

“Daily, Hamas leaders call for genocide of all Jews and the destruction of Israel,” Keyes said. “They dig terror tunnels and have launched thousands upon thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians. Schools and mosques run by Hamas teach children that Jews are apes and pigs. This is the real Hamas.”

Hamas called the paper a “political document” of “general principles and policies.” In it, it will reportedly drop the call to kill all Jews. Instead, the document is expected to endorse armed struggle against Israeli occupiers.

The five-page policy document adopts seemingly more moderate language in hopes of helping the terror group break out of its international isolation. It does not, however, formally replace the terror group’s fiery 1987 founding charter, which calls for Israel’s destruction and is packed with antisemitic language. 

While Hamas will not recognise the State of Israel, it does agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, while stressing that it will preserve weapons of “resistance” in order to liberate the entire land of Palestine, including Israel.

“There is no alternative to the liberation of the entirety of Palestine, from the river to the sea, no matter how long the occupation persists,” the document continues, leaving no doubt as to the fact that the ultimate goal of the group, which has always sought Israel’s destruction, hasn’t changed.

 Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017
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