Hamas PM Haniyeh Calls Israel "Cancer" / Khaled Abu Toameh

Rounding up a three-day visit to Iran, Haniyeh reiterates refusal to recognize, compromise with Israel.
Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh arrives in Tehran By REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh continued Monday to issue fiery statements about Israel, which he compared to a cancer that is threatening to spread to other parts of the body.

Rounding up a three-day visit to Iran, Haniyeh said in an interview with an Iranian TV station that Israel remained the “main enemy” of the Arab and Islamic world.

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Reiterating Hamas’s refusal to recognize Israel or compromise on Palestinian rights, Haniyeh praised Iran for its “unconditional support” for the Palestinians and his movement.

Iran’s stance toward the Palestinian issue is a strategic one, the Hamas leader said.

“Iran’s support for the resistance and the Palestinian people stems from an Islamic commitment and belief and moral and political values.”

Haniyeh pointed out that Iran supported the Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip more than three years ago.

“The reality is that the Palestinians are under occupation and the Islamic Republic of Iran has faithfully heeded their appeal for help,” he said. “Iran never asked for anything in return for its support.”

He also denied reports about tensions between Hamas and Iran over the situation in Syria.

With regards to last week’s Qatari-brokered reconciliation accord between Hamas and Fatah, Haniyeh expressed hope the two sides would be able to form a Palestinian unity government in the near future.

The proposed unity government, he said, would consist of Palestinian technocrats and would not deal with political issues or negotiations with Israel.

Instead, the unity government would focus on lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections and rebuilding the Gaza Strip, Haniyeh said.

On Monday, Haniyeh arrived in Abu Dhabi, where he was received by the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

In addition to Iran and the UAE, Haniyeh’s current tour has taken him to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Sources close to Hamas said Haniyeh may also visit Saudi Arabia later this week.

This is Haniyeh’s second tour outside Gaza since Hamas seized control of the Strip in 2007. Last month, he visited Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia.


I agree, however, I see no benfeit in waiting until after the UN farce plays itself out. Should Hamas be allowed to continue killing Israelis or should they be dealt with? If I were in charge of Israeli security, I certainly would not want to have to tell an Israeli family their loved one died because we did not want Hamas to get a propaganda victory or that we placed you in grave danger because we did not want Hamas to get a propaganda victory. Something else to consider. Hamas and their primary backer of Iran pose a greater threat to Israel than Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan ever posed or ever could have posed to America. America's response to this was among other things to fire bomb Dresden and to nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I'm not necessarily saying this is what Israel should do. Israel today is not America of the early 1940s nor are Hamas and Iran Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan. Since Israel is different and its enemies are different, the strategies Israel uses to defeat its current enemies will likely be much different. For that matter, America of the second decade of the 21st century is far different than America of the early 1940s. As such, prudent strategies it should pursue for its national security interests will also likely be much different than the policies that were pursued in WWII.As an American, I get no pleasure in writing this. With the UN resolution upcoming on the formation of another Arab state, at the last moment if not before America is probably going to support it. I'm sure the Israelis are aware of this. As such, it is far better to eliminate as much of Hamas military capabilities as Israel can right now. Since I think the Israelis are aware of this, this may have something to do with the high level meetings between Israeli and Chinese officials that took place recently. The Chinese are probably taking a "long view" on this. Without Israel as an ally during the Cold War America probably would have lost the Cold War. Right now America is virtually finished as a major world power. This leaves Russia and China virtually alone right now in terms of global power. As such, the Russians and the Chinese having succeeded in vanquishing America will now turn their attention to each other. China probably needs an ally of the caliber of Israel and frankly Israel has allot to offer China!!Again, I hope I'm wrong about America supporting the formation of another Arab state at the expense of a stalwart ally and I hope I'm wrong about America being finished as a major world power. Finally, it seems to me Israel should go after Hamas with every thing they have regardless of what the UN or the American government say or do. Hamas is not only a bitter enemy of Israel but they are a bitter enemy of America as well. Any weakening of Hamas is in our interest. America's best course of action is to stay out of Israel's way in this case. Are America's leaders smart enough to understand this? Are they to ideologically blind to grasp this concept that they should stay out of the way? I hope and pray the answers to these questions are yes and no respectively.

Hamas PM is Abu Mazen's Partner for Peace with Israel

Tell me who is your friend and I will know who you are.

The world believes that Abu Mazen is the "good guy" in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict:is he?with an ally that calls Israel "Cancer"?

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