State Dept.: Hamas Does Not Play a Role in Palestinian Government

'We don’t believe that Hamas plays a role in the government'

State Dept: Hamas Does Not Play A Role in Palestinian Govt (The Washington Free Beacon)

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated Monday that the U.S. government does not believe Hamas plays a role in the Palestinian government.

CNN reporter Elise Labott questioned Psaki about the United States’ continued support for the Palestinian unity government, saying, “You’ve seen the comments that are coming out of Hamas. And now that the U.S. has, in effect, kind of accepted the fact that Hamas is now in this unity government, you would think that as leader of this unity government, it would be incumbent on President Abbas to rein in or take — you know, try and maintain some kind of control over the activities of Hamas.”

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