Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the formation of the new Palestinian unity government which includes the terrorist organization Hamas:
“I am disappointed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, to join a new unity government. Until Hamas renounces violence, recognizes the Jewish State of Israel, and accepts previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it should not be permitted a role in governing.
“Since taking control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas has embraced its sponsorship by Iran and fired thousands of rockets into Southern Israel, terrorizing border communities and killing and wounding civilians. I have been to S’derot and seen the physical and psychological toll of Hamas rockets firsthand. This move does not advance the cause of peace or the final status negotiations President Abbas has so desperately sought, and it places in jeopardy the millions of dollars in foreign assistance the United States provides to the Palestinian Authority each year.