As a senator, Kerry has a questionable history when it comes to the Islamic terrorist group in power in the Gaza Strip. In 2009, Kerry became the most senior U.S. politician to visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza, although at the time he did not meet with Hamas leaders, instead using his time in the coastal territory to tour United Nations camps there.
During his trip, there were reports that Kerry accepted a letter for President Obama from Hamas leaders. U.N. relief agency chief Karen Abu Zayd told the BBC the letter had been received by his agency and passed on to an unnamed American official.
Fox News confirmed with U.N. representatives in Gaza that the Hamas letter was passed to Kerry. During a tour of Israel the same week, Kerry announced his trip to Gaza did not signal any change in U.S. policy toward Hamas.
Hamas’ official charter calls for the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel. The Islamist group is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilians.
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