Thursday, January 15, 2009

Haniyeh: No Israel

The Independent today publishes an opinion column by Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas man in Gaza.

His relation to truth is a bit cavalier, but we didn't expect otherwise. According to the Israeli media this morning, he and his comrades are near to accepting a cease fire that is effectively an admission of defeat, though of course they'll portray it as a historic victory. What I find significant in his column is the long term goal:
Ultimately, the Palestinians are a people struggling for freedom from occupation and the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of refugees to their villages from which they were expelled. Whatever the cost, the continuation of Israel's massacres will neither break our will nor our aspiration for freedom and independence.
Translation to English: No Israel.

Something to keep in mind.

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