Hamas more powerful after facing major challenges

'No one can abolish the Palestinian cause as they please,' Badran said, adding: 'No one can talk in the name of the Palestinian people except for the Palestinian people themselves.'

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Hamas has faced major challenges that have affected its course and empowered it until it became the biggest influencer in many matters concerning the Palestinian cause, member of Hamas’ National Relations Office Husam Badran said.

In a press conference, Badran explained that the first challenge to face Hamas was its establishment and engagement in a direct struggle against the Israeli occupation following a decision in this regard unanimously agreed upon by Hamas leadership everywhere.

The second challenge, Badran continued, was the deportation of Hamas officials to Marj al-Zuhur in southern Lebanon, where several Hamas leaders and figures managed to exchange thoughts about the movement’s future and the Palestinian cause.

Describing it as very important, Badran said that the third challenge was the founding of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Badran added that his movement’s victory in the 2006 parliamentary elections was also a cornerstone that helped Hamas and proved its popularity among the Palestinian people.

Signing Wafa al-Ahrar prisoners deal, under which hundreds of Palestinian detainees from various factions were released from Israeli prisons was another turning point for Hamas, Badran pointed out.

Normalisation and unity

Badran noted that the Palestinian cause is also facing unprecedented challenges, including the “deal of the century”, normalisation agreements between some Arab regimes and the Israeli occupation.

“No one can abolish the Palestinian cause as they please,” Badran continued. “No can talk in the name of the Palestinian people except for the Palestinian people themselves.” 

Palestinian unity is the most important tool to face off the Israeli occupation, Badran stressed, adding that talks with Fatah are underway to achieve this goal.

Denouncing it as a “painful blow to the latest round of dialogue,” Badran regretted the Palestinian Authority (PA)'s decision to restore security coordination with the Israeli occupation.

Badran pointed out that the PA’s move led to a “real crisis” for the Palestinian situation, stressing that his movement would not cut ties with Fatah or any Palestinian party in return. 

Relations with Arabs and Muslims

As for the relationship between Hamas and Arab and Muslim nations, Badran said Hanas has a clear and constant approach to arrange its ties with Arab and Muslim countries at the official level on the basis of the Palestinians’ right to resist the Israeli occupation.

“Our original approach is based on developing positive relations with the Arab state on a clear basis – supporting the Palestinian cause without interfering into the affairs of each country,” Badran continued.  

Hamas has managed to maintain relations with a number of the influential Arab and Muslim nations in the region, such as Iran, Turkey, Qatar and Egypt.   

Palestinian detainees

Regarding the efforts to reach a prisoner swap with the Israeli occupation, Badran demonstrated that the issue of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails is a top priority for Hamas at a political and humanitarian scale.

Badran pointed out that indirect negotiations with the Israeli occupation are held occasionally to reach a prisoner exchange agreement, adding the Israeli occupation had hampered such efforts by underestimating the price needed to achieve such deal.

Source : Hamas