Hamas: Chad's relations with Israel a stab in the back of Palestinians

"The Iranians and Palestinians were upset about the trip and tried to stop it but failed."

By ALON EINHORN
January 22, 2019 15:35
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Chad President Idriss Déby

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Chad President Idriss Déby. (photo credit: GPO)

 
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Hamas denounced Chad's renewed diplomatic relations with Israel as a "stab in the back" against the Palestinian cause, the terrorist organization said in a statement that was carried by Iran's PressTV.

The announcement came days after Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Chad, marking the first-ever visit by an Israeli prime minister to the African country.

Hamas called Chad's relations with Israel “ a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and their just cause," and condemned it by saying that it is a “dangerous wave of normalization with the Israeli occupation.”

Netanyahu said on Sunday that "the Iranians and Palestinians were upset about the trip and tried to stop it but failed," and added that there would be additional trips in the future to Muslim countries.


Chad's diplomatic ties with Israel were severed in 1972 amid pressure from neighboring Libya, according to Dore Gold, the former Foreign Ministry Director-General.

Netanyahu's visit to Chad marked a change in relations between the two countries, after Chad President Idriss Déby made a historic visit to Israel in November.

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