DEAL DIRECT WITH THOSE RESPONSIBLE,
THE UNITED NATIONS.
By Stuart Littlewood
“Always the Palestinians have been the underdog. We never had a symmetrical relationship in terms of negotiations. All the time we have been dictated to by the US government and the Israelis because they have had the upper hand.”
A few months ago Hamas’s strategy for ending the Zionist occupation and restoring Palestinian rights was set out by Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal. The key points were these…
Hamas only employs “legitimate resistance” ~ i.e. against the enemy occupying Palestinian land and holy places.
Hamas believes negotiations right now would only benefit Israel. Peace cannot be made when one party is so powerful and the other so weak.
For the Palestinians negotiation under these circumstances means surrender.
Hamas does not recognize Israel. Doing so would effectively legitimize the occupation and the rest of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people, and would be unacceptable in terms of international law and human values.
Hamas is not looking for recognition by the West. It already has the legitimacy of the ballot box.
There will be no peace in the region until the powers deal with Hamas and respect their interests and rights and quit favouring Israel at Palestine’s expense.
Hamas is in no great hurry.
“What Palestinians must be prepared to undertake is nothing less than a final and conclusive strategic battle with Israel. Palestinians should not be deterred by the past, but should look with confidence to the future… Palestinians have more strategic cards than they think ~ and Israel has fewer.”