The Hamas Movement has condemned US ambassador David Friedman’s remarks in Sderot settlement on Tuesday as “aggression and incitement against the Palestinian people.”
“US ambassador to the occupation David Friedman’s remarks in Sderot settlement on the border with Gaza, in which he affirmed that the Jews would remain on this land forever and that his government did not mind if the Gaza Strip was attacked reflected his extremist and Zionist mentality and not a position coming from an ambassador of a country claiming to be neutral and a mediator for peace and stability, senior Hamas official Basem Na’im said in a press release.
“Such remarks are unacceptable and reprehensible and we see them as direct aggression and explicit incitement against our people. They would also harm international efforts to resolve the conflict and achieve stability in the region,” Na’im added.
The Hamas official underlined that such American positions, which he described as “extremist,” paved the way for Israel to escalate its racist practices, settlement expansion, land annexation, Judaization and aggression against the Palestinian people, and helped it to escape accountability for its ongoing crimes.
Friedman, a lawyer and son of a Jewish rabbi, was appointed in December 2016 as US ambassador to Tel Aviv. He repeatedly voiced doubts about the possibility of reaching a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.