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Haniyeh: Hamas not seeking new war with Israel
Published Thursday 02/01/2014 (updated) 04/01/2014 21:18
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Thursday that Hamas did not seek a new war with Israel, a week after an upheaval of violence in the Strip left an Israeli Civil Defense employee and a Palestinian toddler dead.

"We always expect treacheries from our enemy, yet our people shouldn't be obsessed with a new war," Haniyeh said at the graduation of a class of security officers in Gaza City.

But Haniyeh also noted that Hamas was ready to face any emergency.

Hamas, he added, is ready to "mitigate relations with our Arab brothers, and despite the fog which overshadowed the relation with Egypt."

"We can't do without Egypt or other Arab countries," Haniyeh said.

Haniyeh said his government would soon make major moves "to create a better environment to help achieve national and communal reconciliation. Every single Palestinian citizen will feel these decisions."

Soon after the Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terror organization in Egypt, PLO officials called on Hamas to break its ties with the Brotherhood, some referring to the latter as a "terrorist group."

In late December, both Fatah and Hamas officials said they had renewed their commitment to national reconciliation.

The division between the two factions began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.
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1 ) Do you senst a tone / of WEAKNESS
02/01/2014 18:35
on Part of HAMAS? with Hizbullah weaker than ever with Egypt declaring Muslim brothers TERRORISTS with Hardly any support from the Arab world Can it be that Haniyeh is a little scared?

2 ) Outlier / USA
02/01/2014 19:19
"Don't pee on my leg and tell me it is raining." If Haniyeh, Hamas and their jihadist friends REALLY don't want hostilities with Israel, they must stop lobbing missiles and mortars across the border. Period.

3 ) Omar Muhktar / Libiya
02/01/2014 22:56
#1: Why would Haniyeh be "a little scared, he's just stating the facts. Hamas has sought on several occasions to make peace with both Isreal & with Fatah, as well as maintain good relations with Egypt. Hamas is not fixated on 'destroying the world', contrary to the propaganda put out by US, Isreal & friends, to justify 'the war on terror'. Hamas seeks only to defend its land & populace, so that the children of Gaza/Palestine have a future. PLO should also remember its roots when tarring Hamas!!!

4 ) Ilyas / Uk
03/01/2014 02:38
Victory will always be on the side of the Palestinians because of the continual oppression and injustice they have faced from their illegal occupiers. Egypt has played a brutal role and has often assisted the occupiers with their brutality. With patience comes a great reward

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/01/2014 03:09
'Hamas not seeking new war with Israel.' That's okay. Israel will come to you. You don't need to go to her. This is something any neighbor of Israel can count on.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/01/2014 03:10
Outlier #2: 'If Haniyeh, Hamas and their jihadist friends REALLY don't want hostilities with Israel, they must stop lobbing missiles and mortars across the border. Period.' Of course, Israel reciprocating would be right out. She always has an unqualified license to kill. Isn't that so?

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/01/2014 03:14
'The division between the two factions began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.' ...and the US and Israel intervened to reverse the results. Democracy is only for Muslims who vote as desired.

8 ) Bubcuss / Usa
03/01/2014 17:40
We know the story you don't want war until you stock up with weapons and then you become bold and heroic until many Palestinians die and you run out of weapons stock, and make statements like this one, and then repeat. been there done that... Be more innovative... It's beginning to look like a rerun

9 ) Outlier / USA
03/01/2014 19:25
6. Colin, consequences happen. Israel has a right to respond to Hamas aggression. Don't like the consequences? Don't do the act.

10 ) Michael Collins / EiRA
03/01/2014 20:42
Hamas will be damned whatever it says or does. It's becoming clearer every day that dirty politics are coming into force, ensuring that the peace process is destroyed & Hamas falls. Malign forces are playing both Egypt & Hamas. US & Isreal want Hamas removed, so that there is then no threat of resistance when peace talks intentionally & inevitably fail (ensuring a pliable situation for Isreal). Discord between Egypt & Hamas deflects from US role in this & ensures PLO don't admit Hamas to talks.

11 ) Maureen / Australia
03/01/2014 20:52
#2 outlier No one is pissing on 'your' leg. What you feel is Kerry "pissing in the wind"... double standards rebound.

12 ) Truth / Hurts
03/01/2014 22:35
"What you feel is Kerry "pissing in the wind"... double standards rebound" - They certainly do!!

13 ) Outlier / USA
04/01/2014 21:39
11., Funny Maureen, but I didn't see Kerry mentioned once in the article. You may want to focus here.

14 ) Reality Check / World
05/01/2014 01:03
#13 Give her a break Outlier, its getting harder and harder for people like Maureen to justify they unfair bias of Israel. She may be clutching at straws, but its hard to let her to let her unfounded racism go.
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