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No Disagreement Between Hamas and Fatah

Monday, March 18th, 2013

For those of us arguing that there’s no fundamental difference between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, an interview of Mahmoud Abbas today by Salam Musafir of RT, the Russian television network, today comes as useful confirmation. I have bolded three key passages making this point:

RT: Today, the other part of the Palestinian resistance, Hamas, is increasingly leaning towards a political solution of the problem rather than a military one. Have you noticed the shift?

MA: Yes, we have. Moreover, that’s something we have agreed on. A number of Hamas members support this stance. That’s what we agreed on during our meeting in Cairo, and several months ago at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation we reaffirmed that the Palestinian people have the right to non-violent resistance. We are going back to the negotiating process. There is no disagreement on this between us and Hamas leaders, though some keep saying that they don’t consider a peaceful solution the only option and don’t rule out military struggle. But all this talk stopped at the Cairo meeting, which was sponsored by the US and Egypt. Now this is Hamas’s official stance. Pay no attention to the odd Hamas members that say different. …

RT: The EU is said to be considering a move to take Hamas off the list of terrorist organizations. Do you think that this may be an attempt to legitimize the Hamas-led government?

MA: I don’t think so. After the recent developments, the chances are quite high that the Hamas government may be recognized as legitimate. If Hamas is committed to the ceasefire and if it openly pledges to stick to the peaceful popular resistance, I don’t see much difference between their policy and ours. In this case, there is no need to label them as a terrorist organization.

RT: But you didn’t target Israel with rockets….

MA: Neither we nor Hamas did. Not any longer. After the Second Intifada, we decided to give up on armed resistance. And let me be totally frank with you: we don’t want to launch any armed resistance whatsoever. Hamas has said the same. Yes, there were clashes in the past, but they have stopped – and I’m grateful to Allah for that.

Of course, in each of the three bolded statements, Abbas stressed that Hamas has adopted Fatah’s non-violent approach, and not the reverse. But for anyone with eyes to see, this is clearly false. Even the interviewer points out that Hamas keeps attacking Israel with rockets, a fact that Abbas baldly denies.

I understand the real message here to be not that Hamas has joined Fatah on the path of deciding “to give up on armed resistance” but quite the reverse; that both of them are playing the game of pretending to end violence, which Abbas has no more abandoned than Hamas has.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org and The National Review Online, The Corner, March 15, 2013.

Hamas PM: Qatar Emir Visit Breaks Gaza Siege

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that Qatar’s emir’s Tuesday’s visit to the Gaza Strip was helping to lift Israel’s blockade, the Ma’an news agency reports.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was the first head of state to enter Gaza since Hams took over, back in 1999.

Analysts see the visit as an attempt by the emir to use his leverage with Western capitals to help rehabilitate Hamas in Western eyes, and move them into mainstream politics.

The tiny Gulf emirate, whose native population is only about the same size as that of the Gaza Strip, hosts one of the biggest US bases in the region. At the same time, it was a major supporter of Islamist groups during the “Arab Spring.” Qatar owns the Al Jazeera television network.

“You are today, by this visit, declaring the breaking of the unjust blockade,” Haniyeh told the Qatari leader in a speech at the site of a new town to be built with Gulf money.

“Today we declare victory against the blockade through this historic visit,” he said. “We say thank you, Emir, thank you Qatar for this noble Arab stance … Hail to the blood of martyrs which brought us to this moment.”

Embarking on what was a state visit in all but name, Sheikh al-Thani and his wife Sheikha Mozah crossed from Egypt at the head of a large delegation, to be greeted by Haniyeh and an honor guard.

Thousands of Palestinians lined his route, waving Palestinian and Qatari flags as the convoy with the sheikh in a black Mercedes limousine bumped along the rutted main highway that Qatar has promised to rebuild.

Qatar has called the visit a humanitarian gesture, to inaugurate reconstruction projects financed by the emirate. After initially earmarking $250 million for the schemes, a smiling Haniyeh announced the fund now stood at $400 million.

Haniyeh said the emir had agreed to fund additional projects and to increase funding of existing plans.

Qatar will build a $25 million city for released prisoners, and has increased its funding for another new city in the Gaza Strip by $15 million, he said.

The Gaza premier said Qatar had also agreed to grant $8 million to build a youth rehabilitation center and to donate an extra $13 million to a hospital so patients could be treated in Gaza rather than traveling abroad.

Israel said it was “astounding” that Qatar, a US-allied Gulf state whose oil and gas permit it to punch way above its diplomatic weight, would take sides in the Palestinian dispute and endorse Hamas, branded as terrorists in the West.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said the emir, who has met Israeli leaders but not visited the Palestinian Authority of Abbas and his secular Fatah movement in the West Bank, had “never dignified the PA with a visit”.

“No one understands why he would fund an organization which has become notorious with committing suicide bombings and firing rockets on civilians. By hugging Hamas, the Emir of Qatar is really someone who has thrown peace under the bus,” Palmor said.

The Gaza Strip is all but cut off from the world, under blockade by Israel and Egypt by land and sea.

Sheikh Hamad has sought to mediate between Hamas and Fatah in the past, to end the divisions but analysts say there is for now no prospect of reconciliation between the two factions.

Hamas Leader’s Family Treated in Israeli Hospital

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Suhila Abd el-Salam, the sister of Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, accompanied her husband for treatment in an Israeli hospital four months ago. According to Israel’s Ynet News, the sister’s husband was admitted to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva, for immediate medical treatment following a serious heart condition.

Because Gaza hospitals could not properly treat the condition, Haniyeh’s sister and her husband requested permission to travel to Israel to receive the necessary medical treatment. The husband was taken by a Palestinian ambulance across the Erez crossing, where he was transferred to an Israeli MDA ambulance. He was taken to the hospital with his wife, who was with him during the entire week until his condition stabilized.

The couple could have gone to a more advanced medical center in Egypt but opted to come to Israel for medical treatment instead.

According to the Ynet report, Israeli sources have refused to address the report and Beilinson hospital said that it could not offer any details on the visit.

This was not the first time that a Gaza resident was treated in Israel. This past March, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy transported to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot after suffering from severe burns and shrapnel injuries from an alleged rocket launching pad that was set up in Jabalya, a neighborhood in northern Gaza.

Israel’s Civil Administration released a report in March stating that 115,000 Palestinians were treated in Israel in 2011, a 13% increase in comparison to the previous year. “Every year more patients are sent to Israeli hospitals,” said Dalia Bassa, Civil Administration Health Coordinator. Over 100 Palestinian doctors interned at Israeli hospitals and five organ transplants were performed to save the lives of Palestnian patients treated in Israel.

Furthermore, data published in the World Health Organization’s February 2012 report reflected the efforts of both the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the Israeli government to facilitate passage of Palestinian patients from Gaza to Israelis hospitals. According to the published data, over 90% of requests for medical treatment at Israeli hospitals were approved and carried out.

The sister and brother-in-law of Ismail al-Haniyeh were no exception to this Israeli government policy of treating medical cases.

Meanwhile, Haniyeh, who refuses to recognize Israel and calls for Palestinian violence against the Jewish state, wasted no time on Monday to declare that Israel was somehow “responsible” for the attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers on Sunday night, when terrorists targeted an Egyptian army post and then infiltrated into Israel, using two stolen Egyptian military vehicles. The terrorists were prevented from killing further Israeli civilians when the Israel Air Force shot down the speeding armored vehicle heading towards Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

Hamas PM: ‘Gun is Our Only Response to Zionist Regime’

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said during a visit to Iran that the only path in the Palestinian struggle against Israel is that of armed resistance.

Haniyeh was quoted by the Iranian Fars news agency as saying that the “[g]un is our only response to Zionist regime.”

“In time, we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy,” Haniyeh added.

Haniyeh’s comments come as Hamas deals with an internal struggle regarding its strategy for Palestianian unity and statehood.

Gulf States Warn Hamas PM Not to Visit Iran

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

According to a report in Palestinian daily Al Quds, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was warned by Gulf State leaders against visiting Iran, the next stop on his tour of the Middle East.

“Officials in the Gulf states advised Haniyeh not to visit Iran due to tense relations,” the report said, and quoted a source close to the meetings as saying “without a doubt, Haniyeh’s visit to Tehran will have consequences.”

Turkey May Supplant Iran As Main Hamas Backer

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Turkey may replace Iran as Hamas’ chief backer, in an effort to increase funding for the terrorist group’s government in Gaza, according to a report in the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman.

Turkish sources said that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh conveyed the extent of his group’s financial distress to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan while on a trip to Turkey. The sources added that Turkey is seriously considering offering aid to Hamas, especially in light of the increased financial pressure Iran is under for its nuclear program.

The Rise of Hamas & “Death to Jews!”

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The Islamist frenzy that is currently sweeping the Arab world has seen Hamas rise to become a legitimate and recognized player in the Palestinian and international arena.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh last week began a tour of a number of Arab and Islamic countries, where he has so far been received as a hero and with chants of “Death to Jews!”

In the countries that he has visited so far — Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia — Haniyeh was received as the “Palestinian Prime Minister.” The leaders of these three countries went out of their way to treat Haniyeh as if he were a legendary Muslim warrior who has declared jihad [holy war] on the infidels.

The Hamas prime minister, whose movement seized control over the Gaza Strip in a violent coup in 2007, was also invited to deliver sermons and speeches to thousands of supporters in the three countries.

This was the first time that Haniyeh had left the “besieged” Gaza Strip since 2007. He is expected to triumph all the way to Egypt, where radical Islamic groups scored a landslide victory in the recent parliamentary election.

Haniyeh’s tour would not have been possible were it not for the rise to power of Islamists thanks to the “Arab Spring.”

Under the former dictators of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, people like Haniyeh were persona non gratae.

If anything, the “Arab Spring” has so far strengthened Hamas at the expense of the less radical Palestinian camp.

Understandably, Haniyeh’s tour has enraged the “moderate” Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank, whose representatives are beginning to realize that the changes in the Arab world are not in their favor.

This is why Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quick to file a protest with the new Tunisian leaders over their enthusiastic welcome of Haniyeh. Abbas, after all, has never received a hero’s welcome in any Arab country.

Until recently, most of the Arab countries had boycotted Hamas. But now many Arab leaders are competing as to who will embrace Hamas stronger than the other.

Acknowledging Hamas’s growing power and influence, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elarabi has sought the help of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in convincing Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to stop slaughtering his people.

The request has raised many eyebrows throughout the Arab world, where political commentators rushed to denounce the Arab League for turning Hamas into a mediator with Assad. As one analyst remarked, “Mashaal is affiliated with the Syrian and Iranian regimes. He loves the Syrian regime so much that on one of his tripes to Tehran he kissed the hand of Iran’s spiritual leader to thank him for supporting Assad.”

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This article first appeared at the Stonegate Institute 

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