Tag: Hamas

Hamas presents new charter accepting a Palestine based on 1967 borders

Hamas has unveiled a new political programme softening its stance on Israel by accepting the idea of a Palestinian state in territories occupied by Israel in the six-day war of 1967. The new document states the Islamist movement it is not seeking war with the Jewish people – only with Zionism that drives the occupation […]

Hamas Revamps Its Image, But Still Embraces ‘Armed Resistance’ and Does Not Recognize Israel

In a bid to shed its image as an Islamist terrorist group, Hamas on Monday launched a new political program that draws a distinction between Jews and “Zionists” as the enemy, but stopped short of recognizing Israel or renouncing violence. “Resistance and jihad for the liberation of Palestine will remain a legitimate right, a duty […]

Senior IDF officer: Gaza shortages might lead to confrontation with Hamas

Concerns in the IDF are mounting that masses of Gazans will converge on the border fence with Israel if a threat by the Palestinian Authority to stop paying for Hamas’s use of electricity goes into effect next week. The supply of fuel for the Strip has been a source of dispute between the PA and […]

Benjamin Netanyahu: Gaza war unavoidable, Hamas blocked humanitarian efforts

The 2014 Gaza war was unavoidable and the humanitarian situation could not be improved because of Hamas’ constant exploitation of foreign aid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset State Control Committee in his fullest explanation yet to criticism of his conduct of the war. “We wanted to do more to help, but Hamas makes […]

Killing of a Hamas Leader Could Signal a New Conflict With Israel

After spending a day at the beach, Mazen Fuqaha, a commander of Hamas’s military wing, dropped his wife and children at the entrance to their Gaza apartment block and went to park his car. His life ended in a garage, where he was found dead in the driver’s seat of his car after sunset on […]

Hamas Uncovered Islamic State Rocket Workshop in Gaza

Hamas security forces have uncovered a rocket workshop run by a pro-Islamic State organization in Gaza, according to a jihadist in the coastal enclave. Abu Baker Almaqdesi, a top Palestinian jihadi who previously fought for IS in Syria and Iraq and returned to his native Gaza following an injury, said that hundreds of rockets and […]

‘Hamas doesn’t want war, but the situation in the Palestinian territories is explosive’

IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Herzi Halevy said Wednesday before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that there are low chances for the outbreak of war with either Hamas or Hezbollah, because the two terror organizations are not interested in a military confrontation with Israel. According to sources who were present at the closed-door […]

Mass protest in Gaza against Hamas amid electricity crisis

The serious energy crisis in the Gaza Strip has led to a rare popular protest and violent clashes between the residents and Hamas’s security forces on Thursday evening. For weeks, Gazans have been making do with less than half their usual electricity supply—barely a few hours a day—with no sign of the shortages alleviating anytime […]

Senior Hamas member threatens Israel with ‘new conflict’

Hamas political bureau member Saleh al-Arouri on Sunday threated that his group would start a new round of fighting with Israel over its alleged “violation” of Muslim rights in Jerusalem. Speaking to Hamas’s Al-Aqsa television channel, Arouri referred to the proposed “Muezzin Law” in Israel, which would prohibit mosques from using loudspeakers for the call […]

Hamas: Attack in Cairo seeks ‘to wreak havoc’

Hamas on Sunday evening condemned the terrorist attack on a Coptic church in Cairo, which killed 23 people and wounded at least 49. “The goal of such crimes that harm innocent people is to wreak havoc and cause an exchange of accusations between the parties living in the area, in such a way that assists […]