Hamas: No compromises, no recognizing of Israel
(AP) Hamas will not be edged out of power, accept compromise or recognize Israel, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told tens of thousands of banner-waving supporters at a rally Friday.
Haniyeh's fiery performance was interrupted when he fainted onstage, seemingly overcome by the combined effects of heat and two weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. He resumed his speech after a few minutes.
The Hamas leader ruled out a proposal by members of his own Hamas movement to form a new government of technocrats as a way of winning international support and ending a seven-month aid freeze.
"There are new scenarios, such as an emergency government, a technocrat government, or early elections," Haniyeh told the crowd in a packed soccer stadium. "They all aim at one thing, getting Hamas out of the government."
Wonderful. I had so much fun making the "Creating a Unity Government in Palestine" video, that I can't wait to get to working on a sequel.
ModeratePalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected separately, has the authority to dissolve the Hamas Cabinet and replace it with an emergency government, or could call early elections. However, Abbas aides say he's not considering either option at the moment, fearing such moves would not have popular support. An emergency government would also require approval of the parliament, which is controlled by Hamas.
Haniyeh said Hamas remains willing to invite other parties into a coalition, but that it would not soften its positions. In addition to recognizing Israel, the international community demands that Hamas renounce violence and accept existing peace agreements.
"We say we will be in every government, we will stay in the government," he said. "We will not recognize Israel."
He accused the international community of trying to impose its will on the Palestinians. "They want a government with American and Israeli dimensions that implements external dictates, the so-called Quartet demands," he said, referring to the group of Mideast peacemakers - the U.S., the U.N., the European Union and Russia.
Actually, I am for Hamas remaining in power. This way, the Filthy Parasites™ will have their long overdue civil war.
Haniyeh said his best offer to Israel was a temporary truce in return for establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with its capital in Jerusalem, over which Israel claims complete sovereignty. He also repeated demands for the release of thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
Right... like this is going to happen. I mean, how dumb can one be to openly claim that he will not recognize a country and that he is willing to offer only a temporary truce, and then expect concessions in return? Who other than a Muslim can be that dumb?
Crossposted at Eye On The World.