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Israel: Palestinians

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL343, tabled on 8 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what assessment they have made of the government of Israel’s changing policy towards Hamas, and (2) what support they will give to Hamas in policing the Salafist jihadist movement and ISIS in Gaza.

Answered on

17 June 2015

The Government of Israel proscribes the whole of Hamas and the law in Israel therefore prohibits any discussion with the organisation. We are not aware of any change in this policy. While the British Government proscribes only the military wing of Hamas, we have no contacts with Hamas. Our policy on Hamas remains clear: they must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements.

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