January 28, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Much speculation is taking place regarding the future direction of Hamas now that Arafat's moribund Fatah has been defeated. The immediate result of course is the thoroughly predictable spectacle of running street battles and burning cars as the two factions jockey for position.
However the Hamas terrorists make little pretense as to the plans and goals of the organization.
On one section of the English Hamas website Hamas: no compromising of Palestinian legal rights there can be little doubt as to what the intentions of Dr. Hamhoumd al-Zahar and his cohorts are:
"Zahhar's affirmation came during the ninth Al-Quds artistic festival, which was organized by the Islamic University students.
"The Zionist occupation exists on our lands due to the existing unbalanced scale of material force; yet, the occupation will vanish when the scale is modified", he said, adding, "Hamas will, after winning the election, prioritize the sectors of health, education, industry, and agriculture among other sectors to make them rely on local resources and energies rather than depending on others".
The future of Al-Qassam Brigades
He stressed, "Hamas, while under the PLC dome, will propagate the culture of resistance among the Palestinian people in addition to the love of Jihad. The Qassam Brigades, armed wing of Hamas, and its weapons will stay solid and solely pointed at the Israeli enemy for as long as the occupation on our land lasts".
"The armed wing will increase in quality and quantity, and its weapons will be effectively upgraded to drive the occupation out of our Palestinian lands.
"We are proud to be the servants of the Palestinian people, and we shall extend a helping hand to families of our martyrs, wounded, and jailed heroes. And we will use all means in our possession to liberate our prisoners, including kidnapping of Israeli soldiers and officers", he underscored."
From and article in the Independent UK, by Donald Macintyre archived here - Guns Or Politics? - the following shows that Hamas' adoption of "moderation" from the limited cease-fire through the election was contrived. It has been a policy designed to bring about an electoral victory and now that it has been realized jihad will once again assume primacy.
"Skillfully Hamas, having largely adhered to the truce it made last year with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, has given little away on post-election plans. But Abbas has always believed that Hamas's assumption of influence will lead it to abandon weapons against Israel and has warned it will not join any coalition with Fatah unless it does so. But Hamas has so far made it clear it has no intention of recognizing Israel, as the PLO eventually did under Yasser Arafat.
Mohammed Abu Teir, Hamas's number two candidate, declined to comment on talks though he acknowledged that Hamas councils like Qalqilya's had had "no problem" discussing "technical matters" with Israel. But his message to Israel had been: "You have negotiated with the PLO for 30 years - and what you have given to the PLO?"
On Hamas's notable decision not to include its long-held commitment to the destruction of Israel in its election manifesto, Sheikh Abu Teir said guardedly: "We know how to conduct politics - we are passing through a new stage of politics and we are part of it. We raise the appropriate slogans and there is no need to raise an inappropriate slogan [destroying Israel]. We have a program that deals with internal issues."
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