During his first presidential visit to the Holy Land, Donald Trump acknowledged what those of us who stand for Israel already know - that the Jewish people have ancient, historical, and biblical ties to Jerusalem. However, The Times of Israel's Dov Lieber reports that Hamas has disagreed, calling Trump's acknowledgment "racist" and saying it "encourages hatred of Palestinians":
Speaking at the Israel Museum on Tuesday during a 28-hour visit to the Jewish state, the US president said the “ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal.”
Hamas did not agree, with spokesman Fawzi Barhoum saying Trump’s “talk about the Jewish people’s historical and eternal connection to Jerusalem was a falsification of history,” according to a statement posted on the terror group’s official website.
The Hamas spokesperson said Trump’s statement was “racist in the extreme, and establishes the pillars of a new Israeli apartheid regime, and encourages hatred of the Palestinian people.”
“This American policy, which is fully biased for the Zionist entity, will encourage the occupation to commit more crimes and violations against our people and its holy places,”
Hamas, along with the Palestinian Authority, has long accused Israel of committing “violations” against Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem. Israel strongly denies this claim.
“This confirms the bet on the American role to be just towards the Palestinians is a losing bet and the selling of an illusion,” Barhoum said.
Hamas had on Monday expressed anger after Trump openly denounced the group as terrorists during a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders given in Saudi Arabia...