Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood in policy document

FILE PHOTO - Palestinian members of Hamas's armed wing take part in the funeral of a senior militant in Gaza City March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File Photo
FILE PHOTO – Palestinian members of Hamas’s armed wing take part in the funeral of a senior militant in Gaza City March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File Photo

Reuters: The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel’s destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said.

Hamas’s move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, as well as with Western countries, many of which classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its hostility to Israel. more …

Opinion: December 15, 2016, senior Hamas leader and co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar told supporters:

“Every single inch of Palestine is just ours. Palestine is not just Gaza and the West Bank; it extends from the River to the Sea,” al-Zahar said during a festival in the Gaza Strip to mark the 29th anniversary of Hamas’ founding, according to the Arabic outlet Al-Resalah.”

What has changed is that the Sunni Gulf States led by Saudi Arabia, are calculating a way to make a deal with the new president. Call it the Trump effect.

The US president gave us clues during a press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu on February 15, 2017.

Our post from February 20, 2017:

“Last Wednesday at the White House, Trump and Netanyahu revealed a NEW IDEA for peace in the Middle East (here) . The plan, it seems, is to make a deal with 6 Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman) to bring economic cooperation and protection from Iranian aggression in exchange for peace. The idea is making headlines all over the world.

President Trump affirmed that the United States would work “very, very diligently” on a “great peace deal” — with his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, expected to lead the American effort.”.

Hamas is tagging onto the Gulf states, which are motivated and terrified of Iran, and since they know that Trump is not Obama, they figure if they make nice overtures towards Israel, the president might let his guard down. It is, after all, The Deal.

Then there is this:

Hamas is demanding a seaport:

  • First, an independent Palestinian port in Gaza, which would connect the Strip’s coast with the outside world
  • Second, it would reflect an important victory for Hamas and raise its status as a regional player
  • Third, the port could boost Gaza’s weak economy
  • Finally, a seaport would end the Israeli embargo that prevents tunnel-building materials and weapons from entering the Gaza strip

Taqiyya is an Islamic word for lying in defense of the faith.

(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)