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‘Our programme is ejection of the occupier’
bureau chief of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Khaled Mishaal
absolutely rejects the Mitchell committee's report and the
Egyptian-Jordanian initiative since they do not satisfy the minimum of the
Palestinian demands and rights. In an interview with the London-based Quds
Press, he described the Mitchell report as American more than
international since the Americans introduced amendments on the report in
order to serve zionist interests as usual. Excerpts:
|How do you evaluate the Aqsa
intifada after eight months of its eruption?
I can confidently say that the intifada in the past eight months
had achieved what the eight or ten years of the so-called
‘peace’ process failed to achieve. According to published
reports, zionist settlers are fleeing settlements at a rate of 40%.
The enemy has suffered considerable losses in economic, political
and other fields boosting the Zionist enemy's conviction on
departing the land of Palestine.
You have counted the enemy's losses but there are also big losses
to the Palestinians … Moreover, despite negative aspects Oslo
returned part of our lands while the intifada resulted in casualties
and heavy destruction of infrastructure and lands...
First of all, losses were taking place even under the settlement
process… murder of our people and our children whether at the
hands of occupation soldiers or settlers was ongoing even during the
settlement years. Jewish settlements grew and increased during the
settlement process alongwith confiscation of our lands, construction
of circular roads, enlargement of existing Jewish settlements and
building new ones ... all this took place during the settlement
process and the detainees in enemy prisons were not released.
In short, promises made to the Palestinian people were not
fulfilled, even the occupied land that witnessed ‘redeployment’
as a result of the peace settlement did not witness real withdrawal
and there was no sovereignty. A clear proof was the Zionist
occupation’s step at the eruption of the intifada in storming
‘A’ zones to various depths, violating these areas at will as if
nothing had happened.
The settlement process did not pose a red line or hurdle before the
occupation army to act in zone ‘A’ like other areas still under
active occupation. Where then is that settlement? On the contrary
maybe the settlement process, as a negative aspect of Oslo, provided
for the Zionist army with fixed Palestinian targets to bombard
whenever it wished to revenge, which was not available during the
But what after the intifada? Until when will it go on?
The intifada will continue until the realization of our people's
goals in expelling occupation and liberating our lands. This is the
real motive for our people's intifada and resistance. Unless and
until this goal is achieved the intifada will continue … this is a
legitimate right of the Palestinian people. We should not expedite
harvesting the fruit before it is ripe. The intifada should be given
enough chance and we are confident that it would lead to the defeat
The Zionist enemy cannot continue to bear the heavy costs of
occupation. The Zionist entity cannot withstand a lengthy war. The
Zionist entity does not bear a lengthy war of attrition. The
Palestinian people, despite their losses, are capable of
withstanding a long-term confrontation.
Occupation always ended under pressure of force and resistance. This
is the way people won freedom… There is no people who won freedom
without paying the price. Hence the Palestinian people are
proceeding in accordance with the historical norms of popular
uprisings and resistance of invading forces.
Some analysts believe that like its enemy, Hamas too does not
have any political programme.
First of all this is an unfair comparison… The great loss,
which befell the Palestinian politics decades ago, was because such
logic started to infiltrate our beliefs and some started to speak
about the political programme. In fact the political programme in
each stage granted more concessions and retreated from the
Palestinian national principles and goals until we reached Madrid,
then Oslo, then what was worse than Madrid and Oslo. We support the
presence of a political programme but it should be based on the
Palestinian people's rights and on insistence on Palestinian lands.
We believe that the political programme must be based on resistance
which alone can provide the required atmosphere for the expulsion of
occupation and liberation of the lands. There is a goal for each
political programme and we in Hamas are not concerned with other
political programmes that target compromise solutions with the
We in Hamas have a clear vision and a clear political programme
namely seeking to expel the occupiers, liberate the lands and regain
our usurped rights. We believe that the intifada and all forms of
resistance are the only way towards that end. No doubt political
endeavor is part of that march but the political work without
resistance, without military action and without real pressure on
occupation is worthless.
Alongwith our resistance programme, we invite all nations to take
part in this battle and support the Palestinian people's
There are now 14 Palestinian factions involved in field coordination
in the occupied homeland. They have agreed on the importance of
expelling occupation and not legalizing occupation or improving its
image or coexisting with it. What happened in Lebanon in the past
few years and the victory that coronated those efforts point to the
seriousness of such a programme when it is based on solidity,
steadfastness, resistance and patience.
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of your Movement, had previously
put forward ideas on gradual liberation…
We in Hamas insist that the Palestinian people have the full
right to resist occupation and to eject it from our lands. This is
the solution to end our people's sufferings. Liberating the land
step-by-step is the normal state of wars and conflicts. Victory and
liberation do not occur at once, rather they are the net result of
accumulated efforts. q