Only the most foolish and those who most wanted to be fooled ever believed otherwise. “We will not betray promises we made to God…” says the Hamas statement — yet some persist in believing that Hamas will negotiate away these sworn principles.
“Hamas says still seeks Israel’s destruction,” by Nidal al-Mughrabi for Reuters, :
GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas rejected on Monday criticism by al Qaeda’s second-in-command and said it was still committed to Israel’s destruction despite a power-sharing deal with the Fatah faction.
“We will not betray promises we made to God to continue the path of Jihad and resistance until the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine,” Hamas said in a statement, in a clear reference to Israel as well as to the occupied West Bank.
In an audio recording posted on the Internet on Sunday, al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri accused Hamas of serving U.S. interests by agreeing to respect past Palestinian peace accords with Israel in a recent Saudi-brokered unity government deal with moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah.
The coalition agreement fell short of meeting demands by the Quartet of peace mediators — the United States, the European Union, the
United Nations and Russia — to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept existing interim peace deals.
Zawahri said the Mecca accord, which calmed weeks of Hamas-Fatah warfare in which more than 90 Palestinians were killed, was part of an attempt by Washington to offset Muslim anger at what he described as its bias toward Israel.
“It is an American scheme to hit the Islamic jihadist resistance against the Crusader-Zionist campaign. America wanted a sham solution to the Palestinian issue to remove the biggest reason for Muslim hatred (of the United States),” he said.
The biggest reason for Muslim hatred of the U.S.? Hmmm. I thought we were supposed to believe that that was Britney Spears and Survivor.