Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan would not say whether or not Hamas would consider removing the part of its charter that calls for the killing of all Jews.
CNN’s Jake Tapper read directly from Hamas’s charter to Hamdan: “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or tree.”
He noted that Israelis would be very interested to know if Hamas would be willing to remove that part of the charter.
Hamdan did not provide a direct answer.
“We don’t have a problem with the Jews because they are Jews,” he said. “In fact, we respect their religion.” (I posted a video earlier today in which Hamdan said that Jews use Christian blood to make their matzos.)
He noted that Muslims respect the authority of Moses, as well as that of Mohammed and Jesus, “unlike the Israelis who does not believe in Jesus or Mohammed.”
Tapper asked again if he would consider removing the call for the destruction of Jews from the Hamas charter.
“Excuse me, let me continue that,” Hamdan replied.
“We are against the occupation regardless to their religion or to the race of the occupation,” he said. “We don’t want to live under an apartheid system controlled by the Israelis thinking that they have the right to control our lives and our people.”
Hamdan then addressed Tapper’s question, but just barely. “If they are against a sentence here or there, we want them to change the occupation,” he said. “Continuing the occupation and killing Palestinians will not bring peace and will not bring security for both the Palestinians and them.”
Tapper concluded the segment: “That’s true, and killing Jews will not bring security or peace either.”