Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh left Gaza Sunday on a tour of several Muslim countries, his first since his militant Islamist movement seized control of the coastal enclave in June 2007. Haniyeh will visit Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain and Turkey, his aide Yousef Rizqah said in a statement. The aim is to garner support for the Palestinians and for Gaza Strip. And don’t forget bash Israel.
His first stop in Egypt, he was greeted with street banners and crowds of adoring Muslim Brotherhood fans. Speaking to journalists in Cairo after two days of meetings with Egyptian officials, Haniyeh slammed Israel for the “demolition of houses, villages and ethnic cleansing” in Jerusalem, pan-Arab news outlet Elaph reported. He called on Arab states to step up efforts to stop the “Judaization” of Jerusalem, a city many Palestinians see as the future capital of a Palestinian state, through financial and political means, according to Elaph. Haniyeh also mentioned the “muezzin bill,” a law that would ban the use of a PA system for the Muslim call to prayer. The Hamas prime minister said this law, as well as the issue in Jerusalem, were proof of Israel’s campaign against “Muslim symbols.”
As part of the recent celebration of its 24th anniversary, Hamas held a mass rally in Gaza in which the terror group expressed an intransigent commitment to the jihad against Israel. In his speech at the rally, Hamas’ Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for the establishment of “the al-Quds Army for the liberation of Palestine.”
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.”
In an announcement published on Hamas’ official website on Monday, Hamas’ refugees department suggested that the Arab refugees would be the pioneers of the future al-Quds Army. All Arab states, and particularly those which host the refugees, were called upon to take the initiative to start building the “Arab Liberation Army.” The first steps in this direction, according to Hamas, should include recruiting volunteers to the future al-Quds Brigades in each Arab country and establishing a supreme military command which will be assigned to draw the liberation plan of Palestine militarily and politically. Hamas’ refugees department also stressed that the Palestinian people will spearhead the confrontation with Israel, saying that “We are confident that the battle to liberate al-Quds (Jerusalem) is closer than ever and that we are nearing a victory with the support of Allah.”
At what point does the resident at 1600, along with the EU decide that pushing the Israeli’s to stop building apartments and give more concessions to these terrorists is not what needs to be done? With Egypt’s rapid fall to the Islamists and the peace treaty in jeopardy, maybe its time to transfer the Gazans across the canal and annex it all, securing the south and pushing the rest across the river into Jordan. There is no peace process with genocidal madmen aspiring die through martyrdom, it’s time the world accepts reality, and Israel lays claim to what is rightfully hers to begin with.