- Hamas hopes changes will make it more palatable for Western anti-Israel groups in Europe and America to support them
- But group still calls for the "liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea," which is poetic code for "the destruction of Israel"
Jonathan Cristol is a fellow at World Policy Institute and a senior fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College. You can follow him @jonathancristol. The views expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas issued "A Document of General Principles & Policies," on Monday night. This new political document purports to show that the group has"moderated." It reframes the purpose of Hamas as being engaged in an armed political struggle against occupiers, rather than a religious war against the Jews.