J Street Says Israel Must Negotiate With Hamas

Left-wing lobbying group J Street has called on the US government to keep pushing Middle East peace talks, even if they involve negotiating with Hamas.

Despite the Israeli government’s insistence that it will not negotiate with a Palestinian Authority which includes Hamas – following a landmark unity deal was reached between the Islamist terrorist group and the PLO – J Street insists that the US should redouble its efforts in pushing for Israel to continue negotiating.

The Washington-based group acknowledged Hamas’ record of “calling for Israel’s destruction, using terror and violence against Israeli civilians and denying the Holocaust”, but insisted that since the group had considerable support among the Palestinian Arab public, Israel had no choice but to engage with it.

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