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Abu Marzouk: Hamas won't be bound by PA-Israel treaty
Published Friday 20/04/2012 (updated) 22/04/2012 09:12
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Hamas official says party not bound by PA-Israel agreements.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas will not be bound by any agreement reached between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, senior party leader Moussa Abu Marzouk says.

In an interview in Cairo with US newspaper The Forward, Abu Marzouk pointed out that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to power, he chose not to abide by the Oslo Accords signed by his predecessor Yitzhak Rabin.

In the same way, a future Hamas government will not be bound by any peace treaty agreed by President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, he said.

Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the Hamas politburo, proposed a "hudna" or truce between Israel and Palestine, similar to Israel's arrangement with Lebanon and Syria.

"It’s better than war and better than the continuous resistance against the occupation. And better than Israel occupying the West Bank and Gaza, making all these difficulties and problems on both sides."

Hamas objects to talks with Israel but allows the Fatah-led PA to negotiate under a previous understanding, Abu Marzouq said.

But any agreement reached between the PA and Israel must be subject to a referendum and approved by all Palestinians, including refugees in the diaspora, Abu Marzouk added.

"All of the Palestinians should vote about this," he said.

The agreement must include the right of all Palestinian refugees to return to their land, he added.

Regarding Hamas' pledge in November to join in Fatah's civil resistance during a reconciliation meeting in Cairo, Abu Marzouq said the strategy did not mean the group renounced armed resistance.

Abu Marzouk noted that Israeli forces had killed thousands of Palestinian civilians, many more than the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinian militants.

"You cannot compare between the civilians killed by Israel and the civilians killed by the resistance."

While Israel usually apologizes for civilian deaths, and Hamas doesn't, "the killing is killing," Abu Marzouq said.

Hamas' policy is "against targeting any civilian," he added.

Abu Marzouq said Hamas differentiates between the Israeli occupation and the Jewish people.

"We don’t have originally something against the Jew as a religion or against the Jew as a human being," he said. "The problem is that the Israelis kicked out my family. They have occupied my land and injured thousands of Palestinians."

Regarding American support for Israel, Abu Marzouq said it stemmed from sympathy for the historical suffering of the Jewish people.

"Those people who have sympathy for the Jews [in Israel], it’s because of their history with the Jews. If you look carefully at what happened to the Jews in Moscow or Madrid, in Spain or in Germany or Poland, that's very bad ... Anyone who historically his father or grandfather did something like that [to the Jews], he should be ashamed."

Abu Marzouq is widely considered as a potential successor to Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal, who in January announced his intention to retire.

The politburo of Hamas is appointed by the Shura council, which has yet to publicly accept Mashaal's resignation.

If the council reappoints Mashaal as head of the politburo, for what would be his third term, he must accept the decision or provide acceptable reasons to refuse.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
20/04/2012 14:04
NO hope for "Unity", and
NO hope for creating "Palestine" either.

2 ) ashraf abu ahmed / palestine
20/04/2012 14:41
if Netanyahu chose not abide by the Oslo Accords signed by his predecessor Yitzhak Rabin this means there is no credibility of israeli politics therefore it is wrong to make it as a good example to follow by hamas so we should say : israel must abide by the Oslo Accords since it is an international agreement not a doll or a game this is the real politics to put israel in a corner

3 ) ronen / israel
20/04/2012 18:49
#2 you have no shame.. the only thing you signed up for in the oslo accord was a stop to violence. since then you started an intifada on your own initiative citing sharon's visit as a reason for war. in that intifada you targeted civilians (just like you always do) and killed about 1500 of them. and now you say we didnt honor the agreement.. bibi did good by effectively ending this agreement since we were the only ones who observed it anyway.

4 ) Tobias / USA
20/04/2012 18:49
Hamas's Mousa Abu Marzouk said a Hamas-Israel truce could be like the truces with Lebanon and Syria, but:
1- Lebanon and Syria do NOT fire rockets at Israel, try abducting israeli citizens, & plan to continue, and
2- such "hudna/state-of-war" relations exist between previously-in-existance states, and there is NO reason for Israel to facilitate creating a state, and such a relationship, particularly NOT in the center of Israel, so
3- The Hamas Policy Means NO "Palestine" !!!

5 ) MATT / USA
20/04/2012 19:28
WHY is this news??? Hamas never agreed with anything israel says. If israel says it is day, hamas says it is night.

6 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
20/04/2012 19:35
It is within Israel’s interests alone to maintain the status quo in Palestine. The proposed “hudna” or truce by Mr. Abu Marzouk can only be possible if Israel does not physically occupy Palestinian territories. Further, the American support to Israel is stemmed not ‘from the historical suffering of the Jewish people’, but as a result of the Zionist “AIPAC” control and influence over the decision making of the US administrators.

7 ) Julie / USA
20/04/2012 19:56
every day that unity between hamas and fatah is not achieved is another day both serve the izraeli zionazis a seven course meal on a silver platter. UNITY should be demanded in protests until it HAPPENS.

8 ) ashraf abu ahmed / palestine
20/04/2012 20:12
reply on NO. 3 ronen / israel you says "the only thing you signed up for in the oslo accord was a stop to violence" this is a big mistake the only thing we as palestinian signed up for in the oslo accord was a stop of the last occupaion in the modern democratic world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 ) Joe / USA
20/04/2012 23:14
The statement by the senior Jewish research fellow that Jewish ties to the Temple Mount will bring peace to the Middle East is right on target according to Bible prophecy. Dr. Max Singer, the founder and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, believes that if Jewish ties are restored to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, there will be peace in the Middle East. Bible prophecy reveals that Dr. Singer is correct in the final outcome in the end of time scenario written by ancient Jewish prophets 2500

10 ) @ Mitri #6 / USA
21/04/2012 16:29
IF, as you say, "It is within Israel’s interests alone to maintain the status quo", then why does Abbas NOT brake the staus quo, and negotiate ?? IF, as you say, "the Zionist “AIPAC” control and influence over the decision making of the US administrators", then why does the USA NOT call for Palestinians to leave Israel entirely, and return to their own lands of Edom, Moab, & Ammon (ancient Jordan), or other Arabs lands ?? Really, Such Fantasies Are NO Way To Live !!!

11 ) Yes to "Hudna" Means / NO to Palestine
21/04/2012 19:33
Abu Marzouk's remarks, that "Hamas won't be bound by PA-Israel treaty", just proves what Israel has been saying all along - "There Is NO Palestinians Peace Partner". And, the Palestinian's best offer of a Ceasefire ("Hudna") Partner will NOT be enough to persuade Israel to create "Palestine" !!

12 ) Ashraf / USA
22/04/2012 05:55
The Forward is a Jewish paper in the US. Hudna is the best Israel can hope for. It's not Israel that will "create" Palestine, it's the resistance.
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