Hamas shows a more moderate face towards Israel

Last Monday, Hamas, the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic armed group, presented a moderate public face towards the state of Israel with the aim of gaining international recognition and getting closer to Palestinian leadership.

The statement, presented some days before the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is meeting Donald Trump, urges to develop closer relations with Egypt, avoids any possible anti-Semitic language and accepts a provisional Palestinian state — according to the borders established in 1967. This, however, does not mean that Hamas formally recognizes the state of Israel.

The group is still considered a terrorist group by almost every western country and this status has led to the exclusion of Hamas from international negotiations over the future of Palestine. Therefore, the armed group is trying to project a more friendly approach toward the Palestinian cause.

This step could definitely be considered as a point of inflexion in order to gain more credibility both in Palestine and in the international community. Nevertheless, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel has denounced the move and affirmed the statement “is a smoke screen”.

10,000 people have been killed since the beginning of Yemen’s war

According to the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs office, at least 10,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the war in Yemen in March 2015. The figure shows an urgent need to negotiate solutions from both sides in order to end almost two years of sharp conflict.

Yemen is already the poorest country in the Arab world. UN officials consider that almost 80% of the population, around 19 million people, are in need of humanitarian aid. Furthermore, another 3 million have been displaced.

However, the devastation of Yemen has been widely ignored by the international community, and thus the United Nations urges states to focus on the “huge humanitarian cost” of the war in this country.