Hamas chief lists four pillars to face off normalising ties with Israeli occupation 

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 Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh highlighted the pillars of confronting normalisation with the Israeli occupation in an Arab conference “United against Normalisation”. 

Arab intellectuals and scholars participated in the Conference from almost all Arab countries. The Conference is held to express the Arab peoples’ popular rejection of normalisation with the Israeli occupation. 

In a speech at the Conference, the Hamas chief said that there are four pillars to face off normalisation: resisting the Israeli occupation, agreeing on a national political programme not based on the Oslo Accords, restoring national unity, and enhancing partnership with the components of the Arab and Islamic Ummah. 

The Hamas chief explained that the first pillar is comprehensive resistance against the Israeli occupation, including both popular and political resistance. 

The second pillar, Haniyeh continued, is a political programme that ignores the Oslo Accords and overrides the three decades passed since reaching this deal with the Israeli occupation without achieving any political gains. Rather, this political programme should uphold the Palestinian constants and not give any legitimacy to the occupation. 

Restoring the Palestinian unity and healing the Palestinian division is the third pillar to tackle some Arab countries’ forging of ties with the Israeli occupation, said Haniyeh. 

He noted that Hamas is committed to the outcomes of the Palestinian National Dialogue held early in this month in Cairo, including holding the Palestinian legislative, presidential, and National Council elections. 

“The elections are based on the Palestinian Consensus Document and the outcomes of the Palestinian Secretaries-General Conference, and thus it doesn’t have any connection with Oslo Accords,” Haniyeh explained. 

The fourth necessary step to face normalisation with the Israeli occupation is strengthening partnership with Arab and Islamic Ummah, along with the free people of the world, the top Hamas official noted. 

He continued: “The track of normalisation with the Israeli occupation has exposed the extent of Israeli penetration into Arab regimes; what makes this track dangerous is that it’s based on a scheme to remap the region and integrate the Israeli occupation.”

Haniyeh explained that the track of normalisation also highlighted the Arab and Islamic people’s common sense that they reject normalising ties or any relations with the Israeli occupation.