PA official at UN: Hamas is not a terrorist group

Saeb Erekat tells UN 'Hamas, PFLP are not terrorist organizations,' says key to stopping ISIS is defeating Israel.

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Palestinian Authority representative Saeb Erekat addressed the anti-Israel "United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation" Thursday and said that “Hamas and the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) are not terrorist organizations.” Erekat also said that the key to defeating the ISIS terrorist organization is by ending the Israeli "occupation.”

Erekat added that: W"e do not have a partner in Israel today. The Israeli government, headed by Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, is trying to replace the two-state solution with one state, two systems, apartheid.”

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon responded, saying, "They have no shame. These are lies and incitement from those who are paying terrorists to kill innocent Israelis. These obsessive attempts to besmirch our good name will not change the fact that the Palestinian leadership refuses to end their support for terror."

During an earlier briefing at the UN, Ambassador Danon displayed a photograph of 23-year-old Israeli Border Police officer Hadas Malka who was killed in a terror attack earlier this month. Ambassador Danon explained that one of the groups presenting at the UN forum today works with the PFLP terror organization which claimed responsibility for Malka's murder.