Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste bin

Netanyahu tosses Hamas policy paper on Israel into waste bin

Ismail Haniya was named on Saturday as the new chief of Islamic Hamas movement after he won in the recent internal elections, a spokesman for the movement in Gaza announced, China " s Xinhua news agency reported.

The new program omits the old charter's specific language about seeking Israel's destruction and raises the possibility of a Palestinian state in lands Israel occupied in 1967, but only as a step toward "liberating" all of historic Palestine.

The group maintains a sizeable armed wing in the Gaza Strip since seizing the coastal territory in 2007 from the rival Fatah party, which is based in the West Bank, and has fought three wars with Israel. His position got enhanced in Hamas during Al-Aqsa Intifada because of his relationship with Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and because of the Israeli assassinations of the movement's leaders.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu symbolically tossed a Hamas policy paper into a bin that set out an apparent softening of Palestinian Islamist group's stance towards the country.

He was born in the Shatti refugee camp in western Gaza City in 1963.

The decree also exempts Palestinians in Gaza from paying the Value Added Tax (VAT) in an attempt to deprive Hamas from collecting those tax revenues.

Israel, along with Egypt, has been enforcing a crippling border blockade against them since then.

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It also says its struggle is not against Jews due to their religion but against the Zionist entity as an occupier.

Mishaal may have wanted not to expose so soon all Hamas' cards in the eventuality of a negotiation process that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Netanyahu finished the video by picking up a copy of the Hamas document.

It calls for the Palestine Liberation Organisation to be a "national framework" for the Palestinian people, accepts a Palestine state within borders determined by the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and states it's main enemy is the "Zionist project of occupation", not the Jewish people.

According to the Protocol on Economic Relations, a.k.a. the Paris Protocol, signed by Israel and the PLO in April 1994, Israel collects and transfers to the Palestinian Authority the import taxes on goods that were shipped there, and the income taxes collected from PA residents employed in Israel and the Israeli settlements.

Ismail Haniyeh, who is considered just as extremist as his predecessor Khaled Mashal, has reached the peak of his power.

Earlier this year, Hamas selected Sinwar Yahya, a hardline military leader, to replace Haniyeh as the top leader in Gaza - a move that many feared could help spark a new round of fighting with Israel. Now, with the Meshaal era over, the movement's leadership is returning to the Gaza Strip.

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