New Hamas chief makes first public appearance in native Gaza

"This visit is a message to our heroic prisoners that your cause was and will remain a top priority", he said during a visit to a protest in support of the strikers in Gaza.

"Ever wonder what fake news is?"

Between 2000 until 2005 during the Second Intifada, he became a member of the Palestinian Supreme Committee for Dialogue, and a representative of Hamas in the Supreme Follow-up Committee of the Palestinian National and Islamic movements.

Speaking at his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said President Trump's upcoming visit to Israel reflects the strong bond between the two nations. This is a complete distortion of the truth.

This new position from Hamas comes from a new document labeled, "A Document of General Principles and Policies", which highlights a set of changes to the original Hamas charter of 1988. Netanyahu continued to slam Hamas and the charter, saying the charter can only be considered progress or moderation "only if you have no standards whatsoever". Netanyahu asked in a video posted to YouTube.

A few weeks ago Hamas released a revised version of its 1988 Charter, a document that defined the goal and vision of Hamas as the violent destruction of the Jewish State of Israel.

The document states that Hamas is willing to accept a Palestinian state based on "1967 borders" (the 1948 armistice lines), but this is not acceptance of the "two-state solution," which calls for a commitment to sustainable peace and coexistence between Israel and Palestine. It also said it would not recognize the Oslo Accords.

Presbyterians for Middle East Peace calls upon all concerned about the human rights of Palestinians to read this document, which is about 10 pages in length and can be accessed by clicking here.

"Hamas murders women and children", Netanyahu said. It [has] launched thousands of missile attacks at our homes. "It brainwashes Palestinian kids in suicide kindergarten camps", Netanyahu said.

"So, where does this hate-filled document belong?" he concluded.

"Hamas's document is a smoke screen", he said in a statement shortly after the Hamas document was released.

Hamas ignored this dismissal, leaving a Haniyeh-led Hamas government in place in Gaza, while Abbas appointed a rival administration in the West Bank.

The new political document adopted by Hamas has enumerated the most important issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which are not very different than in previous worldwide documents: the status of Jerusalem, borders, Israeli settlements, Palestinian refugees and so on. The six-page outline supports the creation of the Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip within the 1967 borders.

"Hamas could succeed in removing its political wing, not the military arm, from the terror list", he said. The blockade has also hindered aid organizations from working in the area.

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