Hamad even calls on Palestinian Arabs to (gulp) admit some mistakes.
As for English-language translation, the story is published today on the Israeli Yedioth Aharonot and Jerusalem Post websites and, as far as we can tell, nowhere else till now.
Some extracts, with the "no duh!" parts removed:-
"When you walk in the streets ofSadly no apologies are offered here on behalf of the Arafat regime kleptocrats and the Hamas and Fatah despots to their Palestinian Arab brothers and sisters for having turned three generations of children into dim-witted, uneducated, impoverished terrorist thugs.
, you cannot but close your eyes because of what you see there: unimaginable chaos, careless policemen, young men carrying guns and strutting with pride and families receiving condolences for their dead in the middle of the street." Gaza City
Hamad says the Palestinians have turned the Gaza Strip into a lawless and violent place. "After the withdrawal from
, we hoped for a bright future, we thought that this year we will reap the fruits of our sacrifices. But I ask myself today: why did the occupation return to Gaza ? Wise men and commentators will say the occupation [by Gaza ] is responsible. I am not defending the occupation, but I want to stop at our mistakes, which we are accustomed to blame on others. Let's admit we erred". Israel is suffering under the yoke of anarchy and the swords of thugs... I remember the day when "Gaza withdrew from the Gaza Strip and closed the gates behind. Then, Palestinians across the political spectrum took to the streets to celebrate what many of us regarded as the Israeli defeat or retreat. We heard a lot about a promising future in the Gaza Strip and about turning the area into a trade and industrial zone." Israel
"We did not succeed in preserving the victory of liberating
. 500 people died in the Gaza Strip since the [Israeli] withdrawal, as opposed to only 3 or 4 Israelis killed by rockets. The reality in Gaza today is one of neglect, sadness, and failure. When someone errs we are scared to criticize him to avoid being accused of being against the resistance." Gaza
"When efforts are made to open the Rafah border crossing to ease the humanitarian crisis, there is always someone who fires a rocket on the crossing. When we speak about a truce, there is always someone who fires another rocket.
"The land is full with anarchy, corruption, thuggery, and gang killings. Isn't building the homeland part of the resistance?
"We have all been attacked by the bacteria of stupidity. We have lost our sense of direction and we don't know where we're headed."
Kidnapping, he says, has become a "profitable business," charging that kidnappers of innocent foreigners apathetic to the harm their deeds cause to the Palestinian cause.
"Let's admit to our mistakes, let's do some logical soul searching and place the interest of our people before us [!!!] and say honestly: We were right here and we erred there. Only then will we see that the faces of
and the homeland changes." Gaza
It's another aspect of this tragedy that self-criticism of one of the most catastrophically self-destructive regimes in history is so incredibly rare as to warrant being treated as a news event. We're not holding our breath, by the way, to see if the Arab media pick it up and give it some exposure.
Appropriate for us to mention a statement attributed to a wise old woman:
"You ask when will there be peace between us Israelis and the Arabs? Peace will come when they learn to love their own children more than they hate ours."That tectonic shift in outlook is still nowhere in sight.
UPDATE: Full text now (28th August) available courtesy of the indispensable MEMRI.