Hamas - September 2016

I continue strongly to condemn Hamas's intolerable firing of rockets into Israel and its policy of deliberate targeting of civilians.  No democratic country could accept such a clear threat to the security of its citizens. The UK Government therefore recognises Israel's right to take proportionate action to defend itself. 
 
This conflict has taken a terrible toll. There must be meaningful investigations into possible violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and must include those abuses committed by Hamas and other militant groups.  
 
The recent activities of Hamas in Gaza, including attempts to rearm and rebuild tunnel infrastructure, undermine efforts to improve the situation in Gaza and harm prospects for the Middle East peace process. The Government's policy has not changed and is clear: Hamas must permanently renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements. Hamas must make credible movement towards these conditions, which remain the benchmark against which its intentions should be judged.