Hamas’ calls to destroy Israel “do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution,” UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov said.
Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations’ Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on Sunday condemned Hamas for its latest call to destroy Israel.
“I condemn the latest statements made by some Hamas leaders calling for the destruction of the State of Israel,” the UN envoy stated on social media.
“They do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution,” he said in a statement.
He further stated, “Palestinian leaders are working to solve the humanitarian crisis and return the Palestinian Authority (PA) to Gaza,” and “they must not be distracted from this goal.”
Mladenov’s statement was a response to remarks made by Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in the Gaza Strip on Thursday that rather than considering peace negotiations with Israel, “the discussion now is about when we will wipe out Israel.”
“Over is the time Hamas spent discussing recognizing Israel. Now Hamas will discuss when we will wipe out Israel,” Sinwar said.
“No one in the universe can disarm us. On the contrary, we will continue to have the power to protect our citizens,” Sinwar asserted. “No one has the ability to extract from us recognition of the occupation.”
Sinwar’s aggressive remarks were made in response to a statement by US Special Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt, following the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority (PA), that Hamas must renounce terror and commit to peace negotiations with Israel if it wants to play a role in the Palestinian government.
“Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the state of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties — including to disarm terrorists — and commit to peaceful negotiations. If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements,” Greenblatt said.