Hamas slams Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt

Terror organization blasts US Envoy Jason Greenblatt after he says Hamas must disarm, abide by Quartet decisions, recognize Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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The Hamas terrorist organization strongly criticized US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt Thursday regarding his position on the recent reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Greenblatt had said on Wednesday that "any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to disarm terrorists – and commit to peaceful negotiations."

Basem Naim, one of the terror organization's leaders, accused the United States of "blatantly interfering in matters that belong only to the Palestinian people. We have the right to choose a government that is suitable for the Palestinians. "

He added that "Jason Greenblatt's statement contradicts previous statements that supported the internal Palestinian reconciliation, and was put out under pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his extremist government."

Jewish Home leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett praised Greenblatt's position on the internal Palestinian reconciliation. "I congratulate Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt and the American administration for making it very clear: Any Palestinian government must dismantle terrorist organizations and recognize Israel," he said.

"I want to stress our government's position: The State of Israel will not negotiate with any Palestinian government until Hamas is disarmed. We demand that Hamas recognize Israel and return the Israeli civilians held in captivity and the bodies of IDF soldiers killed in action" Bennett concluded, referring to Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two IDF soldiers killed by Hamas in 2014 whose bodies are still being held by the terror organization..