But before you get hopeful, he does not mean they will end their terrorism.
The new Hamas politburo, added Yousif, is expected to focus on benefiting from the Arab, Palestinian and Muslim communities in Europe to recruit support to Hamas in Europe, and try and take the movement’s name off terrorism lists.
“Hamas will focus on convincing European countries to take its name out of the terrorism list. Hamas is certain that the US will not agree to take its name off the list. However, European countries set only one condition to do that — avoiding martyrdom attacks inside Israel, and Hamas hasn’t carried out any attack since 2004.”
The Hamas claim they will be removed from the list just because they have avoided “martyrdom attacks” is ridiculous.
- The EU has stated Hamas must recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce terror and comply with all the agreements signed between Jerusalem and the PA.
- Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli population centers since 2004.
- Even if we were to accept Hamas’ claim they need only refrain from what it calls “martyrdom attacks” (i.e. where the attacker is expected to die, most frequently by detonation of a bomb) they couldn’t even manage this since 2004.
Either Yousif is flat out lying, or he has confused the EU for Jimmy Carter. Either way, Hamas has no plans to end the terrorism.