Updated Hamas charter still doesn’t recognize Israel

Israel National News reports: “A Hamas political document leaked on Sunday reveals plans to soften the group’s charter so that it recognizes a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, but still does not recognize Israel, the Yediot Aharonot newspaper reports.

The document was published by the Lebanese news site Al Mayadeen. It is due to be officially released in the coming days by Hamas leader and politburo chief Khaled Mashaal.

Hamas officials told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper last month that the group would release the document as part of its efforts to help its standing in relation to the international community and Arab countries, chiefly Egypt.

‘It is possible to agree to a state within the 1967 borders, but it does not necessarily include recognition of Israel and does not mean that there is a relinquishment of historic Palestine,’ the new charter states, according to Yediot Aharonot.

‘The liberation of Palestine is the duty of the Palestinian people, and the resistance to the occupation is a legitimate right, and armed resistance is a strategic choice. Our right to develop and manage the means of resistance is included in the framework of managing the conflict and not at the expense of the principle of resistance,’ it adds…”

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