Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood in policy document: sources

News 01 May 2017
Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood in policy document:  sources

A young Palestinian loyal to Hamas stands under the stage in front of a poster depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin (L) during a rally in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

DOHA The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel's destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said.

Hamas's move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, as well as with Western countries, many of which classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its hostility to Israel.

(Reporting by Tom Finn; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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