Hamas new charter is reflective of development

HAMAS

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Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.

In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening, Meshal confirmed that the new Hamas charter highlighted a specific era; it was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political advancement.

Meshal clarified that the movement has not repudiated its original charter, but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed changes with new principles in the new document.

Unlike others, Hamas will never alter its core principles, Mesahl added.

Intellectual development

Meshal stressed that Hamas’ political development is the fruit of the movement’s reaction to the status quo ahead of the Arab Spring, and this is highlighted through the Document of Principles and Policies, exactly as the movement has done in different situations and periods when expressing its stances on them.

He emphasized that there is no contradiction in the new charter, and it is natural that points of contention will arise due to the diverse viewpoints and opinions of others.

The Hamas leader said that the new document is not a strategic or tactical change, rather it is ‘a natural and mature change’ based on balanced principles.

Interim Palestinian state on 67-borders

Meshal confirmed that Hamas has not made any concessions regarding an interim Palestinian state on pre-1967 boundaries; it put forward this proposal to pave the ground for national consensus, noting that the movement had retained the option of resistance to restore the Palestinian lands and rights.

If an interim Palestinian state on 67-borders was established, he explained, Hamas would not waive Palestinians’ claims, the rest of their occupied territories or recognize the Israeli Occupation as a state.

He added that the Israeli Occupation will not grant Palestinians their territories or sovereignty unless it is forced to do so, as happened when the resistance drove it out the Gaza Strip in 2005.

“The new document highlights the cumulative development of Hamas’ political performance without waiving the national constants,” Meshal added, noting that his movement had reacted positively to the status quo.

He stated that Hamas would not normalize ties with any side at the expense of its national constants.

Hamas has entered into indirect negotiations with the Israeli Occupation to hammer out a ceasefire agreement and a new ‘prisoner swap deal’ through Arab and foreign mediators, he continued.

Meshal stressed that legitimacy is not granted by the international community or the Israeli Occupation, but through the polls, in a clear reference to Hamas’ triumph in the 2006 parliamentary elections.

National Unity

Meshal stressed that Palestinian decisions should be made jointly, and this requires achieving Palestinian unity. The movement had made everything possible to bring about reconciliation, but the PA met these concessions with sanctions on the Gaza Strip.

The PA’s leadership in Ramallah committed a grave mistake when it imposed the sanctions on the beleaguered strip, and paved the way for “The Deal of the Century” by doing so, Meshal concluded.