Why is it important?

Hamas has unreservedly refused to adhere to the Quartet principles of recognizing Israel, agreeing to abide by past diplomatic agreements, and renouncing violence, all of which are enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 1850. Renouncing violence is a required first step beyond which the international community cannot move until Hamas fulfills this most basic of conditions. Refusing to do so makes not only a permanent status agreement impossible to achieve, it makes basic rehabilitation of Gaza and even interim political arrangements more difficult. All parties in the region – including those that have leverage with Hamas, such as Turkey and Qatar – must demand that Hamas conform to the principle of non-violence.

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Trump’s Israel Adviser Says U.S. Will Help Gaza When Hamas Renounces Violence

President Donald Trump’s advisor on Israel-Palestinian negotiations said the U.S. would offer “an outstretched hand” to Gaza—but only when the Hamas leadership “renounces violence and ceases to threaten its neighbors.”

Dozens were killed and hundreds more injured during several protests at the Gaza-Israel border after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The IDF said it was responding to violent riots and attempted “terror attacks” by those trying to force their way through the border.

Jason D. Greenblatt is the Trump Organization’s former chief lawyer, appointed by the president in 2016 to lead on international negotiations involving the U.S., including peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities.

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