Hamas is following a clear strategy based on seven aspects to face off the challenges posed to the Palestinian cause, Khalil al-Hayya, member of Hamas Political Bureau said.
Interviewed by Hamas official website, al-Hayya pointed out that the first aspect of his movement’s strategy is based on “reinforcing the steadfastness of Palestinians everywhere,” noting that Hamas “knocks on all doors” seeking political, financial, and diplomatic support for the Palestinian people.
Saluting Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents for fighting off Israeli attempts to impose a new fait accompli in the holy city, al-Hayya stressed that backing Palestinian Jerusalemites in the face of the occupation is the second aspect of Hamas strategy, calling on the Palestinian people to face off judaization plans in the sacred city.
As for the third aspect, al-Hayya explained that Hamas is bolstering its political relations with Arab and Muslim states, adding: “We want to seize the opportunity of enhancing our political ties with all states, parties, entities, and personalities endorsing the Palestinian rights to recruit legal, political, media, diplomatic, and financial support” for the Palestinian cause.
Al-Hayya elaborated that achieving national unity on the basis of partnership and democracy is the forth aspect of Hamas strategy, adding: “This is the national, logical and realistic recipe through which we can face off the occupation and “deal of the century,” aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause.
The senior Hamas official called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to set a date for elections instead of waiting for permission from the Israeli occupation in order to “turn elections into a national battle with the occupation.”
The fifth aspect, al-Hayya continued, is based on enhancing the option of inclusive resistance against the occupation, in which all Palestinians should get involved.
Reiterating that Hamas is seeking a prisoner swap deal with the Israeli occupation, al-Hayya stressed that releasing Palestinian detainees is the sixth aspect and is a top priority for his movement.
Al-Hayya noted that supporting the Palestinian people in diaspora is the last aspect on which Hamas strategy is built, citing attempts by some sides to push Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees out of their camps in a bid to abolish the Palestinian refugee issue.
‘Hamas open to everyone’
Hamas is ready to visit start relations with any country around the globe except for the Israeli occupation in order to recruit support for the Palestinian people, al-Hayya highlighted.
Al-Hayya urged all official and popular Arab and Muslims sides “not to blame” Hamas for making visits to any country and to “understand that the Palestinian people are under occupation and need support from everyone.”
The political ties between Hamas and other states are based on balance and openness to reaffirm that the Palestinian cause is an issue of a people under occupation that requires backing from all sides endorsing Palestinian rights, al-Hayya demonstrated.
Since its foundation, al-Hayya added, Hamas has been keen on building political relations will all states at the official and popular levels.
Haniyeh’s foreign tour
Speaking about a series of visits made by Hamas chief Ismail Haniya to several Arab and Muslims nations, al-Hayya illustrated that such trip is part of an effort to put the Palestinian cause back on top of the world’s agenda and briefed the Arab and Muslims leaders on the dangers facing the Palestinian cause, particularly Trump’s “deal of the century”.
Al-Hayya criticised the PA’s media attack on Hamas’ visits abroad, stressing that his movement sought to recruit support for the Palestinian people and their option of resistance through such trips.
Regarding Haniya’s visit to Iran, al-Hayya said that such visit was made to express gratitude to the country that has been backing the Palestinian people and resistance.
Al-Hayya denied that such visit came at the expense of any other country, noting that this visit was not the first visit by the Hamas leadership to Iran.
Relationship with Saudi Arabia
Al-Hayya refuted rumours of “hostilities” between Hamas and Saudi Arabia, adding his movement had never come in conflict with any Arab or Muslim state.
“We are interested in a relationship with Saudi Arabia based on embracing and endorsing the Palestinian cause,” al-Hayya continued.
Relationship with Egypt
Al-Hayya mentioned that his movement has “unique” ties with Egypt as it plays a significant role in the region and the Palestinian cause.
The senior Hamas official praised his movement’s strong and close relationship with Egypt, hailing it for its strategic role in support of the Palestinian cause, in general, and in the Gaza siege, in particular.
Hamas is keen to stay in touch with any Arab, Islamic, or international president or official in order to seek support for the Palestinian cause, al-Hayya said referring to Haniya’s visit to Oman to offer condolences on the death of Sultan Qaboos.
Al-Hayya reiterated that Hamas has “old and important” ties with Oman.
While denouncing the Israeli settlement expansion in Area C of the West Bank, al-Hayya pointed out that settlement activity in the occupied West Bank had surged by more than 600 percent “before the eyes of the PA and its security forces.”
The option of resistance with all its forms is the only way to put an end to settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, al-Hayya confirmed.
Addressing all sides responsible for the crippling blockade imposed on Gaza, al-Hayya said: “Hamas will not accept 2020 to be like the previous years and will not let the occupation to evade and hesitate to break the [Gaza] siege.”
Al-Hayya saluted the Palestinian people for embracing the option of resistance against the occupation while standing steadfast and resilient under the suffocating 13-year Israeli siege.
The Palestinian people, particularly Gaza’s residents, have a right to live a decent life on their lands, al-Hayya concluded, noting: “Hamas is willing to knock on all doors … until the siege ends.”