Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend lambasted several media outlets, including CNN and the New York Times, for reporting that Hamas' new charter signals the group now accepts the existence of Israel and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Ever wonder what fake news is?" asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a new video. Condemning recent news stories on Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu -- who has long known Donald Trump -- denounced several establishment media outlets, including the New York Times and CNN.
Netanyahu referred to a motion by Hamas last week to amend its charter. Some media proclaimed the move as evidence of moderation on the part of a group that has engaged in various terrorist acts for decade. Since it was founded in 1988, Hamas’ charter has called for the annihilation of Israel and the killing of Jews everywhere.
Netanyahu targeted the media coverage of the new Hamas policy document, while agreeing with experts that the amendment of the charter’s language about Israel is but a smokescreen that conceals the group’s true intentions. "Last week, headlines in CNN, Al Jazeera and the Guardian said that Hamas now accepts a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines," Netanyahu said. "The New York Times headline called this ‘moderation.'"
"The intimation is that Hamas now accepts the state of Israel," Netanyahu continued.
Such accounts, he said, are a "complete distortion of the truth." Netanyahu referred to the amended charter and said that it still says "Israel has no right to exist" and "every inch" of the country "belongs to the Palestinians."
Netanyahu went on to say that Hamas wants a smaller state now to destroy Israel later. "Is moving from calling for genocide of all Jews to calling just for the annihilation of Israel, is that progress or moderation?" Netanyahu asked. "Only if you have no standards whatsoever."
At the end of the video, Netanyahu crumpled up a copy of the document and threw it into a trash receptacle.