Hamas’ New Policy Document

Policy Papers and Reports / The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Hamas’ new policy document does not cancel or supersede the organization’s charter. Rather, its goal is to enable Hamas to maintain control over the Gaza Strip and to improve relations with Sunni-Arab states. In its new document, Hamas is expected to present itself as an Islamist-nationalist organization, agree to the concept of a temporary Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, and avoid using the anti-Semitic language that is included in its charter. However, it will still reject Israel’s right to exist and support an armed struggle against it.

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