Hamas to PA: Cut off ties with the United States

Israel National News reports: “The Hamas terrorist organization on Saturday urged the Palestinian Authority (PA) to cut off ties with the United States, in the wake of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s criticism of the PA’s response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post this past Thursday, Friedman said some of the PA’s rhetoric has been ‘ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic.’

The ambassador said the PA reaction was ‘largely emotional,’ saying they ‘unfortunately overreacted’ because Trump made clear that the U.S. was ‘not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.’

Responding on Saturday to Friedman’s remarks, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement on the group’s website, ‘The latest statements issued by the Israeli ambassador in the United States, David Friedman in which he described the Palestinian rejection of Trump’s decision as being provocative and anti-Semitic, reflect the racist background of this ambassador.’

‘These comments as well reflect his ignorance of Palestinians’ inherited right to their land, and utter disregard for international law which deems Jerusalem an occupied city,’ added Barhoum.

‘These comments made by the ambassador serve as a justification to cut off relations between the Palestinian Authority and the American administration. In addition, the time has come to end the American- sponsored Oslo Accords which have failed the Palestinian people and led to more losses of their rights while it maintained the Israeli existence on Palestinians’ land,’ he concluded…”

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