The Gaza terror group Hamas has just celebrated its 24th anniversary. To celebrate, their leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gave a speech in which he made several categorical statements:
- …the armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers [Israel] from the blessed land of Palestine.
- Palestine – all of Palestine – is from the sea to the river. We won’t relinquish one inch of the land of Palestine.
- The involvement of Hamas at any stage with the interim objective of liberation of [only] Gaza, the West Bank, or Jerusalem, does not replace its strategic view concerning Palestine and the land of Palestine.
A few days later, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in an interview broadcast on the EU news channel Euro-News, said:
- Hamas concurs with us on the following points: the first point is that the calm and the ceasefire are [in place] not only in Gaza, but also in the West Bank.
- There will be no military resistance, honestly. And we agreed on this
- …the permanent solution is on the ’67 borders. Hamas agreed to this, too.
So who’s telling little fibs then?? Haniyeh or Abbas?
While we were all enjoying our decadent Western fare of roast turkey and mince pies, it was announced that Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organisation – the group that, as the internationally-recognised voice of the Palestinian people negotiated the Oslo peace accords and gave birth to the Palestinian Authority. With the difference of views we see above, why would Hamas do that? For Two reasons:
First, once they join the PLO, Hamas will mount a takeover and become the strongest faction in the orgnaisation (currently that’s Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah).
Second, who says the PLO aren’t in agreement with Hamas’ long term aims? Do you remember the PLO “stages” plan – take what you can in negotiation and then use that as a base to extend power eventually over all of what is now Israel? A PA official recently confirmed that this is still the goal of the PLO, adding “you can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”
Listen to what they say in Arabic to their own people – not in English to us!
You can find more on the above on Palestine Media Watch’s site, here.