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Hamas Is Fooling Everyone, Everywhere (Video)

The next time a Western media outlet interviews a Hamas leader, it would be advisable to ask him whether his movement was willing to change its charter.

Khaled Meshaal

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Is Hamas really on its way to moderation and pragmatism, as some Western political analysts and diplomats have come to believe?

And what do some Hamas leaders mean when they say that they are ready to accept a Palestinian state “only” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem?

These questions were raised after CNN recently aired an interview with Hamas “political leader” Khaled Mashaal.

Mashaal told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: “I accept a Palestinian state according to 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital, with the right of return [of millions of Palestinians to Israel].”

The Hamas leader’s remark has since been misinterpreted by some Westerners as a sign that the radical Islamist movement, which was established 25 years ago with the declared goal of destroying Israel, has now abandoned its ideology and is on its way to endorsing a softer approach.

But while Mashaal was speaking on CNN, several Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip were talking — in Arabic — about their intention to pursue the fight against Israel until the “liberation of all our lands, from the sea to the river.”

Mashaal’s remark is nothing but an attempt to mislead the international community into believing that Hamas has endorsed the two-state solution and is willing to live in peace alongside Israel.

In reality, Hamas has not changed or relinquished its dream of replacing Israel with an Islamist state that is funded and armed by Iran.

What Mashaal is actually saying is that because Hamas is aware of the fact that it cannot achieve its goal of destroying Israel now, it will take whatever land the Israelis give it and then continue the fight to “liberate” all Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

No one better than Mashaal himself expressed this view in the same CNN interview, where he stated: “Palestine, from the river to the sea, from the north to the south, it is my land. And the land of my fathers and grandfathers, inhabited by the Palestinians from a long time ago…but because of the circumstances of the region, because of the keenness to stop the bloodshed, the Palestinians today, and Hamas, have agreed on a program that accepts the 1967 borders.”

What Mashaal and other “moderate” Hamas leaders are saying is this: “Give us a Palestinian state now in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem so that we could use it as a launching pad for eliminating Israel.”

In an interview with Al-Jazeera this week, Mashaal admitted for the first time that Iran has been providing Hamas with weapons and money. He also revealed that Arab and Islamic countries, as well as individuals and organizations, have also been supporting Hamas militarily and financially.

Today it has become clear to most Palestinians that a future Palestinian state would be run by Hamas or Islamic Jihad. These two groups’ popularity has increased among Palestinians, especially in wake of their self-declared “victory” over Israel during the recent Israel-Hamas conflict.

Hamas’s effort to depict itself as a “moderate” movement reached its peak this week when Mashaal phoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to voice support for the request to upgrade the status of a Palestinian entity to non-member observer in the UN.

Mashaal’s phone call was again misinterpreted as a sign that Hamas was willing to accept a state only within the pre-1967 lines.

But as Hamas officials later explained, the fact that Mashaal had welcomed Abbas’s statehood bid did not mean that the movement was prepared to give up “one inch of Palestine.”

Hamas is engaged in a subtle campaign to win the sympathy of the international community by appearing as if it is ready to abandon its dream of destroying Israel. Mashaal’s remarks should be seen in the context of a new Hamas tactic aimed at turning the radical Islamist movement into a legitimate and recognized player in the international and regional arenas.

Those who have been misled into believing Hamas’s lies should be referred to the movement’s charter, where it is clearly stated that “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf throughout the generations and until the Day of Resurrection, no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it…the liberation of that land is an individual duty binding on all Muslims everywhere. When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad [holy war] becomes a duty binding on all Muslims.”

The next time CNN or any other Western media outlet interviews a Hamas leader, it would be advisable to ask him whether his movement was willing to change its charter. Unless Hamas does so, the talk about changes in its strategy only serves to spread the movement’s campaign of deception.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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15 Responses to “Hamas Is Fooling Everyone, Everywhere (Video)”

  1. Arthur B. Levy says:

    may all our enemies be reunited with allah hadafuk in “paradise” swiftly and soon…

  2. Arthur B. Levy says:

    may all our enemies be reunited with allah hadafuk in “paradise” swiftly and soon…

  3. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    No they're not. Simply put, the world WANTS to agree with hamas. Most global attitudes towards Jews have not changed in 1500 years. All that changes are the excuses for continuing it.

  4. Thalia Lowery says:

    These muslims are lying, not to be believed, We here in the USA have the same problem, with our prez and people in office, lying and dirty dealing.

  5. Liad Bar-el says:

    Abbas is just another arm of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Jihad effort to take whatever they can from Israel and then take the rest. Arafat said himself that he is fighting Israel with a new weapon —– politics. Might we call this politics of terror?

  6. Rick S. Geiger says:

    Hamas is not fooling too many…the real issue is that most folks in the world don’t like the Jews and really could care less if Israel survives or not; and frankly, many folks wish for the destruction of Israel, both some left wingers and some right wingers agree that they hate the Jews and want the destruction of a Jewish Israel. It is something we need to accept: there are a lot of folks that want us dead or crushed

  7. David Neubart says:

    Don’t be silly! Of course not. Just waiting to grow stronger. What Hamas doesn’t realize is that when Iran drops it’s dirty bomb, they’ll be just as dead as the Israelis.

  8. Anton Shmerkin says:

    As much as I hate to say this, Hamas' position is not that unreasonable. It's like when you're being arrested and you start throwing your arms around and shout at the officers: "I didn't do it, let me go!" But they tell you: "Look, first we have to book you and then the judge will take a look at your case. That's the procedure!" Here we have a clearly defined by the international law case of illegal occupation, so first we have to stop that. First of all, before everything else! And then figure out the politics behind the unreasonable demands and the unwillingness o fulfill them.

  9. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Occupation? Israel left Gaza years ago. What you are alleging is that wherever Jews are it is "occupied." Israel should have sent gaza back to the dinosaur age – then only mother nature would occupy it with what's left of her roaches

  10. Anton Shmerkin says:

    Don't be ridiculous, Gaza is a huge prison, it's a typical WWII ghetto: sealed from the outside, closely watched and tightly controlled so as to create harsh and unlivable conditions for the population. Think regular prison, where the guards, although representing only 5% of the population and controlling less then 3% of the territory, are in complete control of the entire facility.

  11. Joe Ritchie says:

    Israel will have to deal with hamas again.

  12. Joe Ritchie says:

    Israel will have to deal with hamas again.

  13. Garden State says:

    Under international law, Israel has the perfect right to all contested (so-called Palestinian) territories http://gardenstate.forumotion.com/t4-the-legal-foundation-and-borders-of-israel-under-international-law

    I wish Israel did a better job fighting these incessant lies about legal aspects of the conflict.

  14. Anton Shmerkin says:

    Well, Grief likes to quote the Mandate, which by Grief's own admission had lost its legality as soon as it was lifted. He dismisses the League Of Nations, the UN altogether, he makes no mention of the ICC rulings regarding Israel, nothing about the refugees legal status… Of course, we know that In 1950, the International Law Commission listed the following sources as forms of evidence to customary international law: treaties, diplomatic correspondence, practice of international organizations, decisions of national and international courts, national legislation, opinions of national legal advisers and Mr. Grief does love to quote him some Israel's own laws…

  15. Anton Shmerkin
    so you have be to Gaza?

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