Hamas Islamic Resistance

Hamas ready for new prisoner swap deal

19 August, 19

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh reiterated Sunday that his movement was ready to get into indirect negotiations with the Israeli occupation to hammer out a new prisoner swap deal.

During a popular gathering with Palestinian families and dignitaries in Deir Balah in central Gaza, Haniyeh said that the Palestinian resistance would one day release all Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

Haniyeh highlighted his movement’s determination to achieve national unity and heal internal division, repeating his invitation to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet him either in Gaza or Cairo for reconciliation talks.

The Hamas chief pointed out that Hamas was keen on keeping “balanced” relations with its neighbouring Arab and Islamic states. 

Highlighting the necessity to preserve the Palestinian right of return, Haniyeh noted that the ongoing Great Return March protests aimed at upholding such right, amid the Trump’s “deal of the century”.   

Regarding the measures taken by Lebanon’s labour ministry against Palestinian workers in the country, Haniyeh reiterated his rejection to the Labour Minister’s decision and support for peaceful, popular demonstrations held in the Palestinian refugee camps against this move.

“We will thwart all attempts to engage the Israeli occupation into the region,” Haniyeh said, reaffirming his movement’s rejection to all forms of normalisation with the Israeli occupation.

The top Hamas official hailed all Arab factions and parties rejecting and fighting off normalisation with the Israeli occupation, adding that the Palestinian resistance movement was working on recruiting support for the unified Palestinian position against the “deal of the century” and persevering the Palestinian constants.   

Four tasks

Haniyeh said that Hamas had four tasks to do in this stage; the first of them is to bolster the strategy of resistance against the occupation.

As to the second task, Haniya noted that his movement would fight off all Israeli and US plans targeting occupied Jerusalem, hailing the Palestinian residents of the holy city for standing steadfast in the face of the Israeli aggression and defending al-Aqsa Mosque.

The third task, Haniyeh continued, is to stick to the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homeland.

Haniyeh confirmed that Hamas would never forfeit the Palestinian right of return, stressing that such right cannot be abolished by the passage of time or by any party or president.

To foil all bids to integrate the Israeli occupation into the region through normalisation is the fourth task, Haniyeh noted.  

Haniyeh reaffirmed Hamas’ rejection to all forms of normalisation with the Israeli occupation, praising all Arab organisations and individuals refusing to normalise ties with the Israeli occupation. 

Roadmap

Haniyeh said that such tasks required a roadmap and a vision that can be concluded in three points, confirming that the Palestinian constants are non-negotiable and inalienable and releasing all Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons is the first one of them.

The second one is to restore national unity, Haniyeh noted, stressing that Hamas was keen to “take every path” leading to reconciliation on the basis of the Palestinian constants and the option of resistance.

Haniyeh pointed out that the third one is to bolster Hamas’ ties with the Arab and Islamic states, reaffirming his movement’s keenness to maintain “balanced” relations with all Arab and Islamic nations.

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