Hamas Reaffirms 'No Recognition of Israel'
Hamas vowed to continue its war against Israel.
Members of the terrorist group Hamas "reelected" the Islamist organization's most prominent leaders and promoted members of the group's armed wing during a secret ballot last month, Reuters reported. A Hamas spokesman, referring to the secret vote as a demonstration of the "wonderful face of democracy," said the results reaffirmed Hamas' refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the state of Israel. "Our goals are clear and we have a policy that does not change, and that is there can be no recognition of Israel," the official said. Hamas – whose charter says that Israel will exist "until Islam eliminates it" – faces international isolation until it recognizes Israel, renounces terrorism and accepts previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.