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Isaac Herzog thanks Boris Johnson for proscribing Hamas as terrorist group

Israeli president said the 'difficult and controversial' decision was 'almost immediately vindicated' after Jerusalem attack

Israel’s president has thanked Boris Johnson for proscribing Hamas as a terrorist organisation as they met in Downing Street for talks touching on post-Brexit trade.

The Prime Minister told Isaac Herzog on Tuesday that the “difficult and controversial” decision on Hamas was “almost immediately vindicated” following a fatal attack in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Subject to parliamentary approval, anyone who expresses support for the Palestinian militant group, including its political wing that controls Gaza, would be in breach of anti-terror rules and could be jailed.

Actions expected to be outlawed from Friday include flying the group’s flag or wearing clothing that is seen to support it.

The President of Israel, Isaac Herzog during a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson (not pictured), at 10 Downing Street, central London. Picture date: Tuesday November 23, 2021.

Sitting next to the Prime Minister in No 10’s Pillared Room, Mr Herzog said: “Thank you very much for your resolution on proscribing Hamas.

“It’s a very important message to tell organisations and those who are inclined to radical… and undermine the situation in the Middle East.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting with the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog (not pictured), at 10 Downing Street, central London. Picture date: Tuesday November 23, 2021.

Mr Johnson responded: “On Hamas, I think we took the right decision. It was a difficult and a controversial decision.

“And by the way I think it was a decision that was almost immediately vindicated by the appalling incident we saw in Israel. Absolutely, terrible thing.”

Two days after the proscription was announced, a Hamas militant killed one Israeli and injured four others after opening fire in the Old City on Sunday.

But reports from Jerusalem suggested it was unclear whether the Islamic group sworn to Israel’s destruction had ordered the attack or if the individual acted alone.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) speaks with the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, during their meeting at 10 Downing Street, central London. Picture date: Tuesday November 23, 2021.

The two leaders were also set to hold talks on issues of mutual interest.

Mr Herzog told the Prime Minister: “I know we have a lot to discuss, including possible trade agreements.”

“Trade agreements and lots of other issues in the region of Europe,” Mr Johnson responded.

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