Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group's leader

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(Read for free (right now) over half of this book as an e-book on this website.) It is just one more of many developments that have occurred ever since this book's publication in 1990, now twenty-seven years ago, in which I predict that a Palestinian state will be created in the coastal plain only, with the Gaza Strip as its center.

In Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas since 2007, years of Egyptian restrictions, coupled with an Israeli blockade and three wars between Hamas and Israel, have devastated the economy and weakened the Palestinian Islamist group.

Rajoub continued to preach to Hamas about the struggle against Israel, reminding Hamas that "Israel's greatest enemy is the Fatah movement".

"The new Hamas document says that Israel has no right to exist, it says every inch of our land belongs to the Palestinians, it says there is no acceptable solution other than to remove Israel. they want to use their state to destroy our state", the prime minister said. It also said it would not recognize the Oslo Accords.

He briefly visited a Gaza City "solidarity tent" for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, arriving in his familiar white SUV and accompanied by bodyguards. It presented itself as an alternative to the secular PLO.

Hamas remains deeply divided from Abbas's more moderate Fatah, which is based in the occupied West Bank. It identified ideologically with the Muslim Brotherhood, and believed fundamentally in armed struggle and the destruction of Israel.

Ismail Haniya, known as Abu el-Abed, the Islamic Hamas movement's newly elected chief, was a former soccer player and an Arabic language teacher at the Islamic University of Gaza.

Haniya's ascendance to political seat of the movement comes as the liberation group eases its stance on Israel.


Haniyeh, seen as a pragmatist within the movement, is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave run by Hamas since 2007. In the last two months, it opened Rafah once, but only in the direction of Gaza.

Chania became Chairman of the Hamas political Bureau, replacing in this post, Khaled Mashaal, who led the radicals in 1996.

"Hamas's document is a smoke screen", he said in a statement shortly after the Hamas document was released.

For the time being, Hamas seeks to maintain the status quo in the conflict with Israel. Such a violence surge will probably take the form of more terror attacks, rather than a new intifada, leading to cycles of violence throughout this summer.

So now they claim to embrace pragmatism and offer a vague compromise, which was quickly rebuffed by Israel and belittled by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He answered the question by crumbling the document and depositing it into a trash can.

While the Hamas document states a willingness for a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, the group continues to back terrorism, Netanyahu argued, and has no interest in peace with Israel.

Ismail Haniya and his family have always lived in the Gaza Strip. Hard facts and the new Hamas charter is a prime example, sharply contradict this narrative. Lack of unity has weakened the Palestinians and compromised Abbas at a time when US President Donald Trump is getting ready to intervene and force a controversial deal.

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