Kort geleden stond in allerlei kranten dat Hamas zich nu meer op het niet gewelddadige verzet wou richten, en de NRC kwam weer met de oude riedel dat Hamas nu pragmatisch was geworden en bereid zou zijn de pre-1967 ‘grenzen’ te accepteren. Dit soort berichten wordt meestal al snel weersproken door de nieuwste toespraak van Haniyeh of Mesjaal of uitspraken van andere Hamas woordvoerders die er niet om liegen. Die halen dan natuurlijk niet de pers.
There have been scattered reports on bits and pieces of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's speech at Hamas' 24th anniversary rally on December 14th, but Palestinian Media Watch put it all together. It is a must-read for every Western politician and Middle East pundit - who will of course ignore and/or excuse what he says as just rhetoric.
We say today, explicitly, so it cannot be explained otherwise, that 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. The Hamas movement will lead Intifada after Intifada until we liberate Palestine - all of Palestine, Allah willing. Allah Akbar and praise Allah. We say with transparency and in a clear manner, that Palestinian reconciliation - and all sides must know this - cannot come at the expense of [our] principles, at the expense of the resistance. These principles are absolute and cannot be disputed: 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.
This would-be genocidal terrorist has just left Gaza for the first time in years, and his first stop is in Egypt, where he was greeted with street banners and crowds of adoring Muslim Brotherhood fans: