“Muslims will take over the world.” An analysis by Steven Stalinsky in the New York Sun:
“I am confident that the siege will be partially broken, which will give our people an opportunity to be prepared for the forthcoming stage.” “” Khaled Meshaal, Asharq Al-Awsat, February 2
Has Hamas moderated? Or are the Palestinian Arab organization’s leaders following in the footsteps of Yasser Arafat, discussing peaceful intentions in talks with the West while declaring jihad in Arabic?
During a press conference in Tehran with President Ahmadinejad on March 4, the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said he supported the recently signed Mecca Accords for power sharing between Hamas and the Fatah Party of Arafat and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.
Mr. Meshaal also spoke in favor of other Palestinian Arab objectives, such as the establishment of a state with the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its capital, and the so-called right of return.
Mr. Meshaal reiterated Hamas’s position against official recognition of Israel, and he promised to continue the group’s resistance. With a smile on his face, Mr. Ahmadinejad told the Hamas leader: “The Zionist entity is in the worst period in its history, and is headed toward crumbling. “¦ The divine victory “¦ will soon be revealed.”
At an address at Al-Murabit Mosque in Damascus on February 3, 2006, Mr. Meshaal said publicly what some Palestinian Arabs have been talking about for some time with their press outlets: They will be patient in their battle against Israel. He promised, “Muslims will take over the world,” and he explicitly said his organization’s plan is to deceive Israel with semantics.
In his speech, the Hamas leader explained that his people are willing to continue fighting Israel even if it takes 1000 years for victory. Mr. Meshaal also said one aspect of Hamas’s current strategy is to rely on such tools as using statements like “we love peace” or “we have given up the option of war,” while still planning Israel’s destruction.
And the West — media and government elites — fall for it every time.