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Mashaal in Gaza Promises Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem, Haifa and Jaffa

Mashaal stood in the open air, before a crowd of thousands, exposed and unafraid.
Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Gaza

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal rallies supporters in Gaza (archive).
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If anyone needed more proof of the fact that Israel is losing the war against the Palestinians, this report should do the job.

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal made his first visit to the Gaza Strip—second in his life—on Friday, telling crowds he hoped his next visit would be to Jerusalem, Ramallah and a liberated Palestine, Ma’an reported.

According to Ma’an, Hamas denied seeking guarantees via Egyptian contacts with Israel that Mashaal would not be targeted for assassination in Gaza.

I tend to believe the Hamas claim. There was massive security in place for Mashaal’s arrival, with armed, black-masked guards from the Hamas military wing patrolling the streets in open trucks and motorbikes. But those would not have been able to stop a single, well aimed drone rocket from taking out the great leader. Because, let’s face it, the world has not yet forgiven Netanyahu for that last botched poisoning attempt on Mashaal.

Mashaal said his visit to Gaza was his “third birth,” referring to that attempt by Israeli Mossad agents in 1997 as his previous “re-birth.” Back then Israel had to give up serious assets, including the release of the Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, and sheepishly hand the Jordanians the antidote to save Mashaal’s life.

Mashaal stood in the open air, before a crowd of thousands, exposed and unafraid.

At the same time, Netanyahu was too fearful of enraging the world by taking out this arch murderer, adorned chief of a gang of thugs. Just as he was too fearful of going into Gaza to finish the job and topple the Hamas. Just as he’s starting to backtrack on his E1 threat. Look at Netanyahu and understand that we’re losing this war.

Accompanied by Gaza’s Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Mashaal announced: “I pray to God that my fourth birth will come the day we liberate Palestine. Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah and after that Jerusalem then Haifa and Jaffa.”

Sadly, this vision appears to differ from a recent statement made by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem (a center dedicated to the memory of the man who laid down the ground for the future of peace in the Middle East): “Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel’s security must be protected. The Palestinians must recognize the Jewish State and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all.”

Mashaal is prepared to end the conflict once and for all, but in his own unique idiom, in a manner involving many Jews swimming in the sea.

“This is the most beautiful day in my life,” 27-year-old policeman Mohammed Abed told Ma’an. “I kissed him on the head.”

Mashaal, 56, had been widely understood not to have set foot in Palestine since he left his native Judea and Samaria with his family at age 11. But in his speech he indicated he had returned for a visit as a teenager in 1975.

The Hamas chief visited the home of the late founder and spiritual leader of the party, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated by Israel in 2004.

That would have been another proper moment for a rocket launch from several miles away – create two shahids on the same location. Didn’t happen.

“Sheikh Ahmad Yassin linked reconciliation and resistance. As Hamas leaders, and from Ahmad Yassin’s house, we promise to implement national reconciliation and end the division,” Mashaal said.

Kaboom – right in the middle of the lovely reunion – but it was not to be.

Mashaal visited the homes of Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari and his bodyguard Mohammad al-Hams, whom Israel assassinated on Nov. 14 at the start of its eight day war on Gaza.

He also visited the al-Dalou family home. Israel killed 10 members of the family, including four children and five women, as well as two of their neighbors, in an air strike on Nov. 18.

“All Palestinians will eventually return to their homeland. Khaled Mashaal is returning after a victory,” said veteran Hamas strategist Mahmoud al-Zahar.

Yes, a victory, they won, we lost, and we’re continuing to lose.

Mashaal will stay for a little more than 48 hours in Gaza, which Hamas has ruled since a 2007 war with Fatah that rules parts of Judea and Samaria.

Gaza City has been festooned with green Hamas flags and a stage set up, complete with a huge model of the makeshift M75 rocket, fired at both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last month.

And we did nothing to stop it.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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19 Responses to “Mashaal in Gaza Promises Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem, Haifa and Jaffa”

  1. Jennifer Waybright says:

    I’m afraid YVWH has a different opinion than Mashaal. “Then Elijah said to the people, “I am the only remaining prophet of the LORD, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. Let two bulls be given to us. They are to choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and place it on the wood but not light the fire. I will prepare the other bull and place it on the wood but not light the fire. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of Yahweh. The God who answers with fire, He is God.” – 1 Kings 18:22-24

  2. Michael Jankelowitz says:

    The Palestinians say what they mean and mean what they say.They want to push Israel into the sea!Israel is right.A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yori, what good will it does to have drone strikes against someone who is just visiting. It is time you understand that no one is pushing for Israel to be pushed into the sea. War is not the answer, never will be. However, conversation is always the best way. Each side speaking WITH and not TO, removing all the rhetoric will go a long way. You may call Khalid Mashaal “arch murderer, adorned chief of a gang of thugs”, however, Palestinians sees him as a freedom fighter for their cause. No one called Yitzhak Rabin, David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin etc arch murder, adorned chief of a gang of thugs, when they were carrying out the same rebellion for the Jewish people and the state of Israel. Remember 50,000 Palestinian civilians from their homes near Tel Aviv (Lod and Ramle “Deir Yassin”) during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. No, people refer to them as freedom fighters for the Jews and the State of Israel. SO STOP PUSHING THE WAR AND TRY CONVERSATION. WAR IS NEVER THE ANSWER.

  4. Sheri Knauth says:

    Jewish Press posts on Shabbat ?

  5. The Jewish Press says:

    Shabbat ends earlier in Israel, than it does in the US.

  6. Yori Yanover says:

    The Jewish Press website staff resides in Israel, where Shabbat has been over for several hours. Happy Chanukah.

  7. Yori Yanover says:

    So sorry, but since 1939 the Jews have begun to believe the statements of people who promise push us to the gas chamber or to the sea, take your pick. By permitting Mashaal to live we show weakness and signal to the Arabs that we’re open for more murder. The hand that failed to clip Mashaal’s life on Friday will eventually dig the graves of Jews who would be killed by his rockets, God forbid.

    The fact that this open enemy of the Jews is alive is Khilul HaShem.

  8. Sheri Knauth says:


  9. This why there is no peace and a 2 state solution. Put blame where it belongs!

  10. This is about as open, up front, politically incorrect and honest as one can get. He makes no bones about it. Hamas will not rest until Israel no longer exists.

    Meanwhile, "smarter than the average" diplomats, journalists, politicians and various and sundry pundits of every stripe are excoriating Israel for its "violent atrocities" committed against Hamas in the Gaza strip. All they want is peace, right? So they fired some 1600 rockets into civilian centers in Israel…so what! So they make open declarations of their intentions….just talk, right? Expressions of “frustration,” yes?

    Is Khaled a random, psychopathic kook? This sham quest for peace, interspersed with violent military attacks against Israel, has been going on for 60 years because no one in the west, wants to confront this in the only way to move the peace process forward, an outright declaration of war. Peace through strength. It's the only thing these types truly understand and respect. Kill 100 of them for every 1 they kill and the violence and mayhem will soon end. They survive and dominate the political landscape by perpetrating the most heinous atrocities imaginable effectively and simultaneously stifling criticism and promoting obsequious dhimmitude (look it up) in the non-Muslim and likely a good part of the Muslim world as well; the classic tactics of the bully. That these tactics are so well known in the west and their apparent intimidation by it, is perplexing and shameful.

    Look at a map of the region and marvel at the fact that "little", in terms of size, Israel has not only survived but thrived in the face of constant threats and acts of violence like this, from Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, etc., etc., not to mention armed aggression by the same.

    Yeah, they get a lot of help in terms of military equipment, supplies and their alliances with the west but have made no requests for armed intervention from these allies who do their very best to keep a safe distance while excoriating the Jews and consoling and appeasing openly declared militants like Mr. Meshaal. The west wants peace, not war. So does Israel. But Khaled Meshaal does not intend to talk Israel into the sea. So how is a policy of perpetual diplomacy and appeasement supposed to work in the face of attitudes such as Mr. Meshall's? It won't. Sooner or later the west is going to have to stop talking and physically confront the growing beast of Islamic totalitarianism with brute force. The militants will understand nothing else.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It's not my place to say, but when he changes his name from Mashaal to Marshal, you'll know it's a matter of self-defense. Whatever that means, I'm not sure. Good sheriffs promote the peace, not war. Not many police hide behind masks either…unless they're part of some terror organization or something. The KKK used masks in America, but they weren't peace-officers either.

    Either way, you guys deserve to have peace for one week out of the year. They are like shock-jocks wanting a reaction for their reason for war. Self-defense is all the reason you'll need though. Nobody can deny that.

  12. Tim Upham says:

    Hamas says it recognizes the pre-1967 borders. The pre-1967 borders with who? China? Extremism embraced by anybody can make them so stupid. Hamas definitely shown itself as being the party of stupidity. Not to mention how they have handled the economy of Gaza. No wonder Hamas cancelled all voters registrations in Gaza. I wonder if they learned statesmanship from the former military junta in Myanmar?

  13. There is no trusting this crap!! We should've gone in and f-ing cleaned house!!! They want all of us dead!!! Period!! End of story!! F-them!

  14. Terrorist leaders got guts, Israeli leaders lack conviction.

  15. Terrorist leaders got guts, Israeli leaders lack conviction.

  16. Charlie Hall says:

    Uh, this certainly does not sound like a recognition of pre-1967 borders.

  17. Tim Upham says:

    It was published in Haaretz. So Meshaal is a spokesman, after being gone from Gaza for so long?

  18. Yanover is so busy inciting murder he manages to miss the real terrorism story here.

    Regional media reported quite openly that Netanyahu's government "warned" Hamas that if an Islamic Jihad official accompanied Meshaal to Gaza, Israel's army would "end the truce." In other words, if Gazans conduct themselves politically in a way Israel disapproves, it will (again) attack civilians with F-16s, tank shells and helicopter-launched missiles: terrorism, pure and simple.

    Yanover also manages to miss an even larger elephant in the room: the continuing reality of Israel's brutal occupation, which of course is the reason for the Palestinian resistance which so enrages him. But then, why should a propagandist bother distinguishing the aggressor from the victim, when his only objection to Israel's war against the Palestininians is that it hasn't been bloody enough?

  19. and you of course live in the USA safe and sound try live in Eretz Yisrael

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