|Haniyeh speaks in Tehran on Saturday. Behind him are|
portraits of former Ayatollah Khomeini, left, and
Even More Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Recent news reports have spoken of a change in Hamas' declared strategy in its war against Israel. Some Hamas officials have said Hamas is heading toward a strategy of nonviolent resistance. Well not so fast.
Haaretz and Associated Press today quote the arch terrorist's clarifications, direct from Tehran and via the Iranian government controlled Fars news agency:
- Hamas will focus on popular protests to unify Palestinians but the 'gun is our only response to Zionist regime'.
- Haniyeh says Hamas views armed "resistance" as the only way to fight Israel and "no compromise should be made with the enemy" (that's us)
- And as for the recently signed "reconciliation" deal with Fatah, this was "for resistance and obtaining Palestinians' rights" only.
- The west, he says "want us to stop resistance and acknowledge Israel but I herewith announce that this will never happen."