February 22, 2024

At a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing about US support for Israel, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) declared that Hamas is currently carrying out their 1988 covenant, which aims to obliterate Israel. Expert testimony was provided by Assistant Secretary of State Barbara A. Leaf and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dana Stroul at the hearing. The extremist nature of Hamas was highlighted, as their 1988 covenant is a 9,059-word terrorist manifesto that advocates violence and jihad. Additionally, the use of civilians as human shields and the spread of misinformation by Hamas-controlled sources were discussed at the hearing. The media’s use of Hamas-sourced information was also addressed, with concerns raised about the dissemination of propaganda by US media sources. The hearing also revealed that the US had conducted a defensive attack on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria.