A senior Hamas official admitted that there was not a “peaceful resistance” against the Israeli state by Palestinians, despite the constant denial of that fact by the mainstream media.
Here’s what he said
In a video translate by MEMRI, the senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahnhar said on Al-Jazeera Network Sunday that the “resistance” was not peaceful at all.
“Mr. Mahmoud Abbas said that after all these years, Hamas is employing the same peaceful resistance that has been advocated by Fatah since day one and for many years,” said the Al-Jazeera anchor. “So why don’t Fatah and Hamas agree on a united platform?”
“This is a clear terminological deception,” answered Al-Zahnhar. “When you are in possessions of weapons that were able to withstand the occupation in the wars of 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014, when you have weapons that are being wielded by men who were able to prevent the strongest army in the region from entering the Gaza Strip for 51 days, and were able to capture or kill soldiers of that army — is this really ‘peaceful resistance?'”
“This is not peaceful resistance,” he admitted.
“Has the option (of armed struggle) diminished?” Al-Zahnhar continued. “No, on the contrary, it is growing and developing. That’s clear.”
“So when we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public,” he added. “This is peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies, and enjoying tremendous popular support.”
“As for (Fatah’s) ‘peaceful resistance,’ it consists of rallies, demonstrations, protests, please, and requests, in order to improve the terms of the negotiations, or to enable talks with the Israeli enemy,” Al-Zahnhar explained.
“This deception does not fool the Palestinian public,” he concluded.
Here’s the video of his comments:
Senior Hamas Official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar on Gaza Protests: This Is Not Peaceful Resistance, It Is Supported by Our Weapons pic.twitter.com/aut0Q7SPD9
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On Wednesday, a different senior Hamas official admitted that 50 of 62 people killed in the clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers were Hamas terrorists.
Many in the mainstream media have been excoriating Israel for using lethal measures against the Palestinian attackers. In defense of the U.S. Mideast ally, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that “no country would act with more restraint than Israel has.”