After three years of internal consultations, Hamas’ outgoing Politburo leader, Khaled Meshaal, has now unveiled Hamas’ “Document of General Principles and Policies”, laying out the movement’s policy positions on Israel.
Hamas’s roll-out of the document in English on Twitter was clearly intended to reach international audiences. This marketing campaign reflects the hope among more pragmatic elements within the movement – including Meshaal – that the document can pave the way for engagement with the international community and recognition of Hamas.
Although still far from the political transformation of Hamas that the international community has called for, the unveiling of more pragmatic positions should be cautiously welcomed by the EU and other international actors as a positive step.
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