by Daniel Mabsout
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Controversial was the position of HAMAS regarding the Syrian and the Palestinian issue. The Palestinian armed Resistance that fought Israel and defended Gaza at such a high cost is now facing difficult choices and challenges. It did not benefit HAMAS to get carried away by the Arab Springs that sprang in many places. The change in Egypt was thought to be beneficial and this is due to the affinities between the two brotherhoods, affinities that were extended to the Syrian opposition as well – but not in a very outspoken way. The sectarian wave that overtook the region incited by Turkey and Qatar and their Western masters hit Gaza as well and the HAMAS people did not express their support to the Assad regime who hosted them and hosted their leaders for many years. Too bad, we cannot but feel sorry that HAMAS has drifted along the sectarian line and has favored Turkey over Syria, as we felt sorry when Haniyya paid his tribute to Erdogan instead of Assad .
HAMAS is Resistance and Resistance cannot be confined to borders or restricted to sects, Resistance is Resistance and it is for all and nothing should have priority over it. The movement was no luckier in dealing with the Palestinian authority. The talks with Abbas were given a push by Egypt and Turkey and Qatar, but not in the right direction, and an agreement was reached – hosted by Qatar-according to which Abbas will head the Palestinian authority and organize the next Palestinian elections. Meanwhile, Israel is building more settlements and occupying more land and taking hold of Jerusalem. Now that the Syrian chapter is almost over, HAMAS should rethink her choices and it is doing so.
HAMAS should not be carried away from the heart of the struggle, it should beat to the tune of Arab hearts and souls and not to the tune of arranged, manipulated Springs. Long Live the HAMAS we know, the protector of the cause that kept the fire burning regardless of the huge sacrifices. We miss this HAMAS, the HAMAS of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and that of Rantissi, the unflinching unwavering HAMAS, friend of Iran, Syria and Hizbullah and of every dignified person in this world.