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Jerusalem - Netanyahu Tosses Hamas Policy Paper On Israel Into Waste Bin

Published on: May 7, 2017 06:30 PM
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Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday symbolically tossed into a bin a Hamas policy paper published last week that set out an apparent softening of the Palestinian Islamist group’s stance toward Israel.

In a document issued last Monday, Hamas said it was dropping its longstanding call for Israel’s destruction, but said it still rejected the Jewish state’s right to exist and continued to back “armed struggle” against it.

The Israeli government has said the document aimed to deceive the world that Hamas was becoming more moderate.

Netanyahu, in a 97-second video clip aired on social media on Sunday, said that news outlets had been taken in by “fake news”. Sitting behind his desk with tense music playing in the background, he said that in its “hateful document”, Hamas “lies to the world”. He then pulled up a waste paper bin, crumpled the document into a ball and tossed it away.

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“The new Hamas document says that Israel has no right to exist, it says every inch of our land belongs to the Palestinians, it says there is no acceptable solution other than to remove Israel… they want to use their state to destroy our state,” Netanyahu said.

Founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned Egyptian Islamist movement, Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2007 and has carried out hundreds of armed attacks in Israel and in Israeli-occupied territories.

Many Western countries classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its failure to renounce violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist and accept existing interim Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.

Outgoing Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said Hamas’s fight was not against Judaism as a religion but against what he called “aggressor Zionists”. Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip, was named on Saturday to succeed Meshaal.

Netanyahu concluded his clip by saying that “Hamas murders women and children, it’s launched tens of thousands of missiles at our homes, it brainwashes Palestinian kids in suicide kindergarten camps,” before binning the document.



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 May 07, 2017 at 07:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Indeed a piece of garbage! And with President Trump in charge now, that's where it will remain! It's times like these that that one realizes just how lucky we are that the Israel hating Hillary didn't become president!

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 May 07, 2017 at 08:26 PM grandbear Says:

Arab - palestinian- double talk- they want to destroy israel and all jews . It's in their blood.Look at how they destroy each other with bombs every day. They will use every trick to fool the 'enlightened' countries.

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 May 07, 2017 at 09:24 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

In their blood? I suppose that means you wish to kill them all.

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 May 07, 2017 at 10:41 PM Anonymous Says:

The entire "policy paper" is a decoy that fools only the intellectually challenged Democrats who subscribe to the political correctness stupidity. Who cares about Hamas rhetoric? We all know it's nonsense. But the imbeciles in USA who buy into the foolishness because of positive sounding words (even the verbal message is not positive, but a micron less vicious than before) walk among us. Boy, are we in trouble!

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 May 07, 2017 at 10:57 PM Normal Says:

The world is so open minded that their brains have fallen out.

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 May 08, 2017 at 01:17 AM thetruthis Says:

Reply to #2  
grandbear Says:

Arab - palestinian- double talk- they want to destroy israel and all jews . It's in their blood.Look at how they destroy each other with bombs every day. They will use every trick to fool the 'enlightened' countries.

They don't want to destroy Jews. They want to destroy the State of Israel. The Zionist leaders have been partially successful in convincing the world that they represent the world's Jews and in doing so have brought hated upon all of us. The Zionists have brought much more צער to Klal Yisroel than Hamas has.

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 May 08, 2017 at 09:57 AM Anonymous Says:

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thetruthis Says:

They don't want to destroy Jews. They want to destroy the State of Israel. The Zionist leaders have been partially successful in convincing the world that they represent the world's Jews and in doing so have brought hated upon all of us. The Zionists have brought much more צער to Klal Yisroel than Hamas has.

You are a self-hating Jew, and I begin to question your true pedigree.

If you examine the track record of the past many decades, you will find countless acts of terror launched to harm Jews that had absolutely no connection to the State of Israel. Their hatred is to Jews world over, and they state that openly. Your unbridled hate toward Zionism and the medina have blinded you. Even the Satmar Rebbe the Divrei Yoel, whose position about Zionism was extreme, did not make the types of accusations you make. If you think you are heading toward Olam Haboh with your sina'as Yisroel, just the opposite. I'm no fan or follower of Zionism or the medina, but your hate for them is worse than to Hamas? Your pedigree is questionable.

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