US 'Unambiguously' Backs Israel on Hamas Disarming Demand

US 'Unambiguously' Backs Israel on Hamas Disarming Demand

Islamic Hamas movement rejected Thursday the demands of the U.S. Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt to accept the requirements of the International Quartet for Peace in the region.

"Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognise the state of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties -- including to disarm terrorists - and commit to peaceful negotiations", Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for global negotiations, said in a statement. The accord handed control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority but made no mention of Hamas' weapons or military wing. "I am emphasizing our government's stance - Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that leans on a terror organization, until Hamas disarms itself, recognizes Israel and return Israeli hostages and the bodies of Israeli soldiers to Israel".

Jason Greenblatt's statement Thursday was the first American comment on the advancing reconciliation efforts between the rival Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions, and echoed Israeli demands.

In a statement, Netanyahu said negotiations could only take place under certain conditions, including disarming Hamas, handing complete security control of Gaza over to the Palestinian Authority and ending Hamas' ties to Iran.

The fresh Hamas-Fatah reconciliation efforts have enraged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that the regime would not accept "imaginary appeasement where the Palestinian side is reconciling at the expense of our existence".

Abu Rudeine further emphasized that the reconciliation deal and the PA's return to Gaza had been welcomed by the global community, adding this would "achieve the aspirations of our people. ending the occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state".

"Hamas reiterates that it will carry on with implementing all the steps for reconciliation", Hamas said.

"National consensus is the best response to Israel's noisiness", Barhoum stressed, calling all Palestinians to ignore what he described as "blatant Zionist interventions".

Germany is an important Israel ally and also enjoys good relations with the Palestinians.

But since then, Israel's settlement project in the occupied territories, which started in 1967, has accelerated, blocking any chance of an independent Palestinian state.

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