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US Backs Bibi in Calling on Hamas to Disarm

Jason Greenblatt and Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: US Embassy in Israel)

The United States' special envoy to the Middle East has given the American response to Israel's refusal to resume peace talks with the new Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas. Ynet News reports that Jason Greenblatt communicated that the U.S. agrees with its greatest ally in calling on Hamas to recognize the Jewish state and denounce violence against Israel and her people:

President Donald Trump's special Mideast envoy says if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government it must renounce violence and commit to peaceful negotiations with Israel.

Jason Greenblatt's statement Thursday was the first American comment on the advancing reconciliation efforts between the rival Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions, and echoed Israeli demands.

“All parties agree that it is essential that the Palestinian Authority be able to assume full, genuine, and unhindered civil and security responsibilities in Gaza and that we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there," Greenblatt wrote.

Greenblatt says Hamas must meet the international demands to recognize Israel and accept previous agreements with it. He says "it must accept these basic requirements" to take part in government. Hamas has always refused similar demands in the past.

Tags: Hamas , US-Israel Relations

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