Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the extension by Great Britain of the term “terrorist organization” to the political wing of Hamas. Until now, only the military faction had such status, Reuters reported on Friday.
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The head of the Israeli government tweeted that “Hamas is a terrorist organization, just like that. The political arm makes it possible his military activities. The same terrorists – only in suits. He also thanked “his friend Boris Johnson for the legal steps taken by Great Britain ”, expressing appreciation for the decision of the British Prime Minister.
Britain is no longer distinguishing between the legal political wing of the Palestinian organization Hamas and the terrorist organization, as has been the treatment of the military wing since 2001. On Friday, the interior minister of Boris Johnson’s government, Priti Patel, on a visit to Washington, will announce changes resulting from “a wide range of intelligence analysis.” Those accused of supporting Hamas will face a 10-year prison sentence.
“Hamas has significant terrorist opportunities, including access to extensive and sophisticated weapons as well as terrorist training facilities, and has long been involved in serious terrorist activities,” explained the British Embassy in Israel in a statement.
Minister Patel, motivating the decisions of the British government, calls the organization “fiercely anti-Semitic” and reminds that “anti-Semitism is an enduring evil that I will never tolerate. Jews constantly feel threatened – at school, on the street, while praying, at home, and even on the Internet. ”
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The political wing of Hamas founded in 1987 exercises power in the Gaza Strip. The armed wing of the organization is the Izz al-Din al-Kassam Brigades. Hamas itself describes itself as the “resistance” and the wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.
Hamas is a radical Islamic group that targets innocent Israelis & seeks Israel’s destruction.
I welcome the UK’s intention to declare Hamas a terrorist organization in its entirety – because that’s exactly what it is.
Thank you to my friend @BorisJohnson for your leadership.
– Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) November 19, 2021
Today I have taken action to proscribe Hamas in its entirety.
This government is committed to tackling extremism and terrorism wherever it occurs. pic.twitter.com/TQfPzomyIm
– Priti Patel (@pritipatel) November 19, 2021