Jerusalem: The Palestine Liberation Organisation said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blatantly manipulated the facts when he compared Hamas with the Islamic State and Iran in a UN speech on Monday.
"Netanyahu`s speech at the UN was a blatant manipulation of facts and attempted at misleading the audience through a combination of hate language, slander and argument of obfuscation," PLO executive member Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement in English.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly earlier, Netanyahu denied accusations of Israeli war crimes during its July-August offensive on the Gaza Strip that killed 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and left the enclave in ruins.
He instead said that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was jointly culpable with Hamas, which fired thousands of rockets into Israel.
"Hamas embedded its missile batteries in residential areas and told Palestinians to ignore Israel`s warnings to leave," Netanyahu said.
"I say to president Abbas, these are the war crimes committed by your Hamas partners in the national unity government which you head and you are responsible for,` he said.
The Islamic State jihadists, and Hamas, Netanyahu added, "share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control."
In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Netanyahu was "portraying Hamas and IS as two faces of the same coin" although Hamas is a national liberation movement, while the (Israeli) occupier is the source of evil and terrorism in the world".