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Hamas Remains Committed to Annihilationist Rhetoric
Hamas Still Seeks Israel's Destruction
Hamas reiterated its committment to Israel's destruction after being criticized by Al-Qaeda's number 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahri. He accused Hamas on Sunday of serving U.S. interests by agreeing to respect past Palestinian accords, abandoning their tradition of suicide bombings for political expediency. "They have ditched the movement of martyrdom operations...for a government that plays with words in palace halls," said Zawahri. To reassure him-and the world-that they have not 'sold out' by agreeing to a Saudi-brokered unity government deal with Fatah, Hamas said it continued to be a "movement of resistance, seekers of martyrdom" and that its "principles will never be changed". "We will not betray promises we made to God to continue the path of Jihad and resistance until the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine," Hamas said in a statement.
Well, at least Hamas is not shy about making public pronouncements about their true goals, unlike the late Yassir Arafat, who was more coy in his duplicitiousness.