US: Hamas is a terror group ‘pure and simple,’ wants to ‘wipe out Israel’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The US doubles down on its designation of Hamas as a terror organization after the UN’s top humanitarian official asserted that he does not see it as such.

“Hamas is a terrorist organization. We’ve said so. It is. It just is. You don’t have to look any further than what they did on the seventh of October to see it in stark terms,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says in response to a question on Martin Griffiths’ comments during a press briefing.

“Take a look at their manifesto, even the one that was so-called watered down in 2017. There’s no doubt that they just want to wipe out Israel off the face of the map. This is a terrorist organization. Pure and simple. Period,” Kirby adds.

Griffiths told Sky News yesterday that he has worked with many terror groups, and that Hamas is not one of them. Following outcry from Jerusalem, Griffiths said that while he stands by his assertion, given that the UN Security Council has not designated Hamas as a terror group, he does concede that it carried out “terrorist acts” on October 7.

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