Hamas leader won’t change attitude towards Israel

Not at all surprising:

JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 — The exiled political head of the radical Islamic group Hamas said Saturday in Damascus, Syria, that the group would adopt “a very realistic approach” toward governing the Palestinian Authority and would work with the Fatah president, Mahmoud Abbas, on an acceptable political program.

But the leader, Khaled Meshal, also said Hamas would not “submit to pressure to recognize Israel, because the occupation is illegitimate and we will not abandon our rights,” nor would it disarm, but would work to create a unified Palestinian army.

He insisted that “resistance is a legitimate right that we will practice and protect,” and he defended attacks on Israeli civilians, which included many suicide bombings until a cease-fire nearly a year ago. Then he said Hamas was “ready to work with Europe and even the United States if they wish.”

The US, Britain, and Israel have made clear they refuse to work with the new Hamas-dominated Palestinian government until they renounce terrorism, which obviously isn’t going to happen. Not even if they managed to bring on former Prez Jimmy Carter as the Palestinian Ambassador to the US.

What happens now regarding the situation between Israel and the Palestinian people is anyone’s guess, but mine is that relations will get progressively worse. After all, let’s not forget Hamas’ agenda:

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”


“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.”


“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

The AP reported today that Hamas is calling for the use of “militants” (better known as terrorists) in the creation of a Palestinian army. The “militants” would include those who’ve participated in and/or conducted deadly terrorist attacks against Israel.

Hat tip: Holly at The Moderate Voice, who has a link roundup of all the latest news regarding Hamas’ win in the Palestinian elections earlier this week and what’s happened there since the elections.

Read more commentary on this via Gateway Pundit

More: John Hinderaker at Powerline notes an attempt by some in the media (like Glenn Kessler’s Washington Post piece) to cast the Palestinian elections as a refutation of Bush’s Mideast policy.

(Cross-posted at Blogs For Bush)

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