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Gaza withdrawal a reward for terror?

Posted By Aaron Klein On 08/16/2004 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled

Hamas views Sharon’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 as a capitulation to terror and is planning to continue its “armed struggle” against the Jewish state until “all territories” are in Palestinian hands, according to an internal Hamas memo, parts of which were obtained by WorldNetDaily.

The confidential memo, which was written by Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, reveals that after Israel vacates, Hamas plans to become a dominating political force in the Gaza Strip.

“The movement will … demonstrate a street presence in an active and powerful manner and will strive to form requisite alliances in a way that will guarantee, on the one hand, that the PA makes no decisions separately, and on the other hand, continues taking care of the people’s needs,” the memo states.

Hamas says terror attacks against Israelis will continue even after the withdrawal takes place. Hamas will “preserve the weapon of armed struggle and not relinquish it or give it away under any circumstances.”

“We will emphasize our people’s right to resist the occupation [outside the Gaza Strip] so long as the occupation of the land and the aggression continue, with the understanding that withdrawal from Gaza is not the end of the story and occupation is still present in the rest of the lands, and that not all rights and holy sites have been returned yet.”

The memo draws a distinction between Israel vacating Gaza unilaterally or withdrawing after a comprehensive agreement is forged with Arafat in which the Palestinian Authority pledges to suppress Hamas.

“In case of withdrawal by way of an agreement with ‘the occupation’ that guarantees security commitments [by the PA to Israel on Hamas] or a hand-over of the Strip to the current PA or to any element in the PA, the Hamas position would be not to participate in such an agreement since it utterly rejects the legitimacy of the Oslo accords.”

“In addition to such rejection, it will be necessary to attain political and populist achievements for non-participation in such an agreement. The movement will in that case demonstrate a street presence in an active and powerful manner and will strive to form requisite alliances in a way that will guarantee, on the one hand, that the PA makes no decisions separately, and on the other hand, continues taking care of the people’s needs.”

Politicians on Israel’s right who left Sharon’s government in June to protest the unilateral withdrawal have argued that Hamas will view the evacuation of Gaza as a capitulation to terror. The memo seems to concur with this belief.

In al-Zahar’s analysis, Sharon is rewarding terrorism by withdrawing: “The withdrawal is an achievement for our people and for the intifada and is considered the result of the victims they sacrificed. …”

Hamas must continue to ensure “the enemy’s withdrawal must be unconditional,” states the memo.

The withdrawal confirms that terrorism has paid off, writes al-Zahar. “The withdrawal, if it is implemented, is an important achievement by the Palestinian people, its intifada and armed struggle, its determination and great sacrifice, and confirms the willingness, correctness, and usefulness of employing an armed struggle and its ability to attain political objectives.”


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