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Hamas Chided for Urging Israel's Destruction

As we suspected, the reconciliation pact between Hamas and Fatah did nothing to stop the Palestinian quest to destroy Israel. But some do seem to be surprised at the result. The Times of Israel's Raphael Ahren reports that one of them, the United Nations' peace envoy, has knocked the terror group, saying reconciliation should be used to solve the crisis in Gaza, not destroy the Jewish state:

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process panned Hamas leaders Sunday for urging the destruction of Israel, and said Palestinians should make resolving the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip the focus of their efforts.

Nickolay Mladenov’s comments came after senior figures in the Hamas terror group declared that a reconciliation with rival Fatah does not mean that Hamas will end its efforts to wipe out the Jewish state.

“I condemn the latest statements made by some Hamas leaders, reportedly calling for the destruction of the State of Israel,” Mladenov said. “They do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution.”

“Under the auspices of Egypt, Palestinian leaders have embarked on a course to solve the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enable the government to take up its responsibilities in the Strip. I encourage them not be distracted from this objective.”

Palestinians factions Fatah and Hamas agreed earlier this month in Cairo on a landmark deal to end a decade-long split and are seeking to form a unity government along with other parties...

Tags: Hamas , United Nations , Peace Process

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