Haniyeh: Four Variables to build a future strategic vision

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The Head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called on strategists and decision-makers to focus on four important variables to build the future Palestinian strategic vision.
During a speech at the conference on “Palestinian Sovereignty, Strategic Variables and Future Paths” organized by the Ummah University in Gaza, the Hamas chief said that “the first variable on the Palestinian level are the results of the Sword al-Quds battle [the May 2021 Israeli aggression on Gaza], which constituted a unique leap and a strategic shift in managing the conflict with the Zionist enemy.”

Haniyeh added that these results were very clear in uniting the Palestinian land, people, and the holiness of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, pointing out that the Palestinian issue regained its global attention, and that Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque have regained their centrality in the struggle with the enemy.

Hamas chief indicated that the second variable is related to the American withdrawal from the region in more than one area, especially the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, noting that “there is no doubt that the American hegemonic power is no longer with this ability to extend its military, security and political influence over different regions of the world, including our Arab and Islamic regions."

Haniyeh said: "The Israeli occupation's exposure in the Sword of al-Quds Battle and the American retreat in the context of the repositioning of the United States of America and its interest in new issues such as confronting China, Russia, and the rising powers in the world constitute a very important change that has strategic effects and dimensions that we must read carefully and consciously."

Haniyeh continued, "The third and important variable is the war between Russia and Ukraine. The battle appears to be between Russia and Ukraine, but it is between Russia and its camp and the West in general, led by the United States of America. This war is the widest and most prominent war in the conflict between the two global camps since the end of World War II."

Haniyeh stressed that "the world after the war will not be the same before it, and certainly we will be in front of a multipolar world, and the era of the unipolar controlling international and global policies will end, and this will undoubtedly constitute a very important variable that will have its effects on our Arab and Islamic region, as well as on our cause and the conflict with the occupation."

Hamas chief indicated that the fourth variable is that "our Arab and Islamic region rives with contradictions between the occupation's normalization attempts to penetrate the region and build military and security alliances with some Arab governments, and in a way that the issue seemed to go beyond the issue of normalization to the integration of the Zionist entity into the region."

Haniyeh explained that the strategic priorities in light of the four variables must be based on four dimensions: resistance, building strategic alliances, moving the supporting people from the strategy of support to the strategy of partnership in liberation, and the openness to the international community.

He stressed that the resistance in Gaza, West Bank, 1948 occupied lands, and abroad are a top strategic priority that must have the support of the free people of the world, stressing that it constitutes the main protection of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa, the West Bank, detainees and the people of the 1948 occupied lands.

Haniyeh pointed to the need to be bold and courageous in rebuilding strategic alliances that are based on the strategy of openness to everyone who supports the resistance, pointing to the need for the Ummah to build a new strategy of partnership and direct involvement in the requirements of liberation.

Haniyeh stressed that the Zionist narrative is no longer present and that the Israeli occupation is no longer in the same position it used to be, pointing out that there are important variables that include openness to balanced countries such as China and Russia, along with Islamic Iran and all countries that face Israeli-American policies in the region.

Haniyeh reiterated the movement's readiness to achieve unity and overcome the state of internal division, "even if this requires building a Palestinian national front that protects the Palestinian principles, protects the resistance, and serves as a body of reference on the path to rebuilding the PLO."


Ismail Haniyeh

Ismail Haniyeh is the current head of Hamas’s Political Bureau and a former Palestinian prime minister. Preceded by Khaled...