Hamas calls for ‘plan’ to undermine Israel’s Abraham Accords

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Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh addresses supporters during a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians in Doha, Qatar, on May 15, 2021.
Karim Jaafar/AFPHamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh addresses supporters during a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians in Doha, Qatar, on May 15, 2021.

Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh says 'We must have an integrated plan to bring down normalization'

A senior leader in Hamas’ political wing urged on Thursday that the group must fight against the normalization agreements which neighboring states established with Israel.

Last year’s Abraham Accords brought a series of agreements between Israel and other nations in the region, where states agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with the country.

Hamas Political Bureau Charmain Ismail Haniyeh spoke out against the deals during a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, and called to take action to undermine them.

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“We must have an integrated plan to bring down normalization, which, unfortunately, has taken the character of military and security alliances with some countries,” he announced, according to a press release on Hamas’ website.

Last month, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed a memorandum with Morocco’s defense chief, which would establish a foundation for security cooperation between the two states.

His visit marked the first official trip by any head of Israel’s defense ministry to the country - a visit made possible after Morocco normalized ties with Israel through a deal which followed the Abraham Accords.

Haniyeh outlined three objectives for the Islamist faction’s agenda - focusing on the status of Jerusalem, supporting what Hamas refers to as Palestinian “resistance,” and fighting against normalization agreements with Israel.

During his speech, the chairman also alleged that the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan would lead to additional retreats, and said the incident would weaken Israel.