The Hamas terror organization issued a document of principles Sunday, in response to the recent interview with Israeli television, in which Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas apparently said he had given up on the right of Arabs who left the land of Israel in 1948 and their descendants to return. The document not only did not waive the right of return but also said those Arabs should be compensated "for their suffering and the damage to their property. It also said nobody had the right to waive that right.
The document said all of the more than 27,000 square kilometers were to be liberated by "the Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and liberal forces of the world". Similarly, the status of Jerusalem was to be determined by the Arabs. The "Zionist occupation" was the only enemy of the Arabs and resistance was a national obligation. The document was signed by Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh.