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April 25, 2014 3:20 pm

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Claims Hamas Not a Terrorist Organization

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Saeb Erekat and Tzipi Livni, chief Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in the now-defunct peace talks, are pictured on Jan, 31, 2014 at the Munich Security Conference. Photo: Marc Müller via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) chief negotiator in its now-defunct peace talks with Israel, said he believes Hamas is not a terrorist organization.

In an Arabic-language interview with Sky News Arabic, Erekat said Hamas “is not and will never be a terrorist organization to us.”

The Israeli government called off negotiations with the PA over the unity deal between Hamas and PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.

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“Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen (Abbas) formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization (Hamas) that calls for the destruction of Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

“Hamas has fired more than 10,000 missiles and rockets at Israeli territory and has not halted terrorist actions against Israel even for a minute,” Netanyahu added.

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