August 2, 2014
After Israel announced it would not negotiate with a Palestinian Authority (PA) which includes a Hamas dedicated to destroying the Jewish State, PA Spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi said the "terms of the national reconciliation agreement are clear: Palestine honors its commitments, respects international law and continues its popular nonviolent resistance against the Israeli occupation." However, top Hamas official Hassan Yousef announced that the terror group would not renounce its commitment to violence and the destruction of Israel.Speaking to the Palestinian Information Center from Ramallah, Yousef said Hamas will not recognize Israel and “will not give up the resistance,” which is widely interpreted to refer to Hamas’s ongoing terror attacks against Israeli civilians and military personnel. He added they will not bow to international pressure: "any interference in Palestinian affairs by outside parties is unacceptable, and we cannot exercise blackmail and dictation."Another Hamas leader Ra'fat Murra announced from Lebanon ""The option of negotiations has failed, Palestinian resistance remains the right option.