Hamas Welcomes Obama’s “New Language”, Calls for Pressure on Israel
The Palestinian group Hamas has renewed its acceptance of a Palestinian state within the Occupied Territories but rejected Israel’s insistence to be recognized as a “Jewish state.” On Thursday, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal dismissed Israel’s demand as “racist” and compared it to Nazi ideology. Meshal also welcomed what he called President Obama’s “new language” toward Hamas. But he called on Obama to take meaningful steps to end the Israeli occupation.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal: “What is demanded from the biggest states and the most important ones, are actions and crucial positions and serious initiatives that return the rights to their owners and end the illegal occupation–not only speeches that show intentions and promises.”