Greenblatt to Hamas: Stop threatening your neighbors

Trump’s envoy urges Gaza’s Hamas rulers to renounce violence and stop threatening Israel.

Elad Benari,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt

Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Sunday urged Gaza’s Hamas rulers to renounce violence and stop threatening Israel.

“When the leadership of Gaza renounces violence & ceases to threaten its neighbors, it will find an outstretched hand from the US, ready to help improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Such a step forward can yield tremendous opportunity,” he tweeted.

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza border have worsened in recent weeks, following the beginning of six weeks of violent demonstrations and attempted infiltrations into Israel along the Gaza security fence.

On March 30, rioters kicked off the “March of the Return” demonstrations, which drew tens of thousands in clashes with IDF forces along the border.

According to Gaza health officials, 29 rioters have been killed during the clashes with the IDF, with close to 3,000 more wounded.

The IDF has reported that at least 12 of the rioters killed in the disturbances are terrorists with known ties to the Hamas organization, while others approached the security fence and attempted to cross into Israel, despite warnings by the IDF prior to the riots.

Greenblatt has continuously criticized Hamas in recent weeks. Before the so-called “March of the Return”, he tweeted, “Hamas is encouraging a hostile march on the Israel-Gaza border. Hamas should focus on desperately needed improvements to the lives of Palestinians in Gaza instead of inciting violence against Israel that only increases hardship & undermines chances for peace.”

He previously condemned Hamas after the group welcomed a terrorist attack in Samaria in which an IDF officer and soldier were murdered.

“Hamas’ waste of time, energy and resources is burying Gaza’s future, not building the peaceful, prosperous society the Palestinians of Gaza deserve,” wrote Greenblatt at the time.