Ismail Haniyeh, newly elected head of Hamas' political office, arrives to visit a sit-in in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, May 2017
Mohammed Salem / REUTERS

On May 1, 30 years after releasing its founding charter, Hamas unveiled a revised version of the document that appears to soften the group’s stance toward Israel. The major takeaway is that Hamas is open, at least in principle, to accepting the 1967 borders of a Palestinian state—a major sticking point in previous failed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Its previous position had always been to call for the destruction of the state of Israel.

The revised charter, which still contains some of the more incendiary language of the original, was announced the same week that U.S. President Donald

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