Hamas unveils new, seemingly more pragmatic political programme

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 1 May, 2017
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The Islamic Movement of Hamas on Monday unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political programme that the Movement hopes will help it end years of international isolation.

With the new manifesto, Hamas rebrands itself as an Islamic national movement, rather than as a branch of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood which has been outlawed by Egypt. It also drops explicit language calling for Israel's destruction, though it retains the goal of eventually "liberating" all of historic Palestine, which is the (67-occupied territories) and call for a realistic thing rather, 

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It was not clear if the changes will be enough to improve relations with Israel and Egypt, which have been enforcing a crippling border blockade against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip since the group seized the territory in 2007. Hamas has also been shunned by the West.