Hamas is softening their stance on Israel, according to leaked documents obtained by Gulf Arab, per Reuters.
The new policy will “remove a call for Israel’s destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood.”
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Hamas’s move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, as well as with Western countries, many of which classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its hostility to Israel.
The sources said Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, will say in the document that it agrees to a transitional Palestinian state along the borders from 1967, when Israel captured Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in a war with Arab states. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.
The new document, which was scheduled to be released Monday, does maintain Hamas’ stance that Israel should not exist and continues to support “armed struggle” against it.