The spokesperson of Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum issued the following statement:
We, in Hamas, closely followed the speech of President, Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations. Despite of the significance of both the place and time of the speech and the world leaders the speech addressed, and since it came after the last negotiations with Hamas in Cairo, the speech bears the spirit of failure of the settlement and negotiations project with the Israeli occupation and beseeches the rights of the Palestinian people who aim to be freed from the occupation by all legitimate means.
Unfortunately, Abu Mazen did not differentiate in his speech between the resistance of the Palestinian people as an inherent right under the occupation, and the most extreme form of terrorism exercised by the Israeli Occupation and which is condemned by all international laws.
Regarding the internal affairs, we welcome the announcement made by Abu Mazen on the expected arrival of Unity Government to Gaza. We assure that we will work towards the success of its mission and we will move forward with the reconciliation efforts to make it a reality on the ground, so our people may focus on other matters relating to improving the national project and to confronting the occupation. We also reiterate our commitment to what Hamas declared in Cairo .
Spokesperson of Hamas
19th of September, 2017