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Hamas and Israel

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ADL responds to an article in The New York Times titled "Hamas Tempers Extreme Stances in Bid for Power” which appeared on May 2, 2017.

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times

To the Editor:

The story of a new Hamas statement of principles, with all the fuss and anticipation, is much ado about nothing. On the core of Hamas’s attitudes and policies toward Israel, nothing has changed.

For Hamas, there is only one legitimate authority in the Holy Land. Israel, according to this document, has no rights, no history, no connection and no future.

Hamas’s mention of a sovereign state based on the pre-1967 lines would be meaningful if it were accompanied by recognition of Israel and its legitimacy. Instead, Hamas notes that it “rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.”

And Hamas still justifies violence, meaning terrorism against the people of Israel.

Hamas remains a purveyor of terrorism, rejectionism and anti-Semitism, before and after this document.


Jonathan A. Greenblatt
CEO & National Director of the Anti-Defamation League