Hamas Leader in Gaza Yahya Al-Sinwar Salutes Al-Jazeera TV, Iran, and Yasser Arafat
Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar thanked Al-Jazeera and Iran for the role they played during the recent round of fighting with Israel. He delivered a “victory speech” that was aired live on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) on May 26, 2021. In his speech, Sinwar said that Al-Jazeera “has been the best pulpit to give the accurate voice to our position.” He added that Iran had given Hamas money, weapons, and expertise.
Sinwar saluted the “tough men” of Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, Ramla, Acre, the “Triangle” area, the Galilee, and the Negev, who proved that all the attempts to “Israelize them” and any attempts at coexistence have collapsed once and for all. He said that the rockets launched at Israel during the fighting were only a rehearsal or a drill to demonstrate what Hamas would do if they try to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque again. He warned Israel that if it would harm Jerusalem or the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinians would attack all the settlements at once. Sinwar said that even the “heroes” from among the PA security forces will attack Israelis at all the junctions and bypass roads.
He added that Palestinians living within the 1948 borders of Israel would participate and a million demonstrators or more will take to the streets and block the roads. He said that he is certain that there will be “at least” 10,000 “martyrdom-seekers” from them who would carry out stabbing attacks, car-ramming attacks, throw Molotov cocktails, and set forests on fire if this were to happen. Sinwar added that “resistance forces in the region” would crush Israel.
Sinwar said that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to take advantage of the rift between the PA and Hamas by transferring all money for aid and reconstruction through the PA, but Hamas will not allow it to do so, adding: “Don’t kindle our internal conflict.” Sinwar said that while Hamas supports the “eradication of Israel through armed Jihad and struggle,” it is willing to reach a relatively long truce with Israel, if it follows certain conditions. Namely, if Israel withdraws from the West Bank, dismantles its settlements, releases the prisoners, removes the siege on Gaza, allows the refugees to return, permits Palestinian elections in Jerusalem, gives up East Jerusalem, and facilitates a Palestinian state on part of the land. He said that Hamas is willing to agree to this for the sake of Palestinian unity and in view of “international positions.”
Sinwar said that Hamas members were in contact with “their brothers in Lebanon,” with Hizbullah, the IRGC, and elsewhere and had the fighting intensified they would have gotten involved. He quoted Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubeida, saying: “Firing a salvo of 250 rockets on Tel Aviv is easier for us than [drinking water].” Sinwar also recognized the role played by Russia, and he said that it should play an even more active and positive role.