> The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel's destruction in a new policy document to be issued Monday. A source is telling Reuters the document agrees to a transitional Palestinian state along the so-called 1967 borders, a position that has served as the basis for Israeli Palestinian peace talks.
Hamas will also drop its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood. The moves appear aimed at easing the militant group's strained ties with Egypt and Gulf Arab states, which view the Brotherhood as a terrorist group.>> We welcome the efforts to advance peace by President el-Sisi.>> Improved relations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are putting pressure on Hamas, which has control over the Gaza Strip.
mas fought three wars with Israel since 2007 and has carried out hundreds of rocket and suicide bomb attacks in Israel and the occupied territories, since the Islamist group was founded three decades ago. Palestinian politics remain divided between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian authority in the West Bank.
Arab sources say the Hamas document is being released ahead of a planned visit by PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, to Washington. And as US President Donald Trump's administration prepares to make a new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Despite the changes, the revised Hamas document said to still reject Israel's right to exist and to back armed struggle against it.