US President Donald Trump’s special Mideast envoy said on Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government it must “renounce violence and commit to peaceful negotiations with Israel.”
Jason Greenblatt’s statement was the first American comment on the advancing reconciliation efforts between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions.
Greenblatt said Hamas must meet the international demands to recognize Israel and accept previous agreements with it. He says “it must accept these basic requirements” to take part in government. Hamas has always refused similar demands in the past, AP reported.
Under Egyptian auspices, the Palestinian factions last week announced a preliminary agreement and have formed committees to sort out unresolved issues, most notably who will control Hamas’ massive weapons arsenal. Talks continue with Fatah.