Hamas Spokesman: Qassam Brigades have Recovered, will Hit again

Published November 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Nabil Al Mulhem  

Albawaba.com – Damascus  

 

A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has said that the military wing of the Palestinian group, Izzizdine Al Qassam Brigades “have recovered and will carry on with attacks on the [Israeli] occupying troops. 

Qassam Brigades have claimed responsibility for last week’s car bomb attack on the northern coastal Israeli town of Hadera, in which at least two Israelis were killed. 

Damascus-based Ibrahim Ghosheh said in a statement to Albawaba.com that the operation marked a fresh start to Hamas’s military wing’s operations, which killed dozens of Israelis in the 1990s. 

Ghosheh added that the Palestinian Intifada is now at a major turning point towards a massive popular confrontation which would be more of a war of attrition than any thing else. “There is no choice left for the Palestinians but resistance,” he said. 

Although the Arab and Islamic stands towards the Palestinian issue have witnessed a positive change, Hamas spokesman believed that they were still below expectation, and called on the Arabs to “recognize the legitimacy of the Palestinian resistance as they did with the Lebanese resistance,” and on the Arab countries surrounding Israel “to open doors for Muslim volunteering mujahideen (strugglers)” to take part in the resistance, which he considered “the real assistance for the Palestinians.”  

Asked if he had discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian lands with the Syrian leadership, the Hamas official said that he hadn’t met yet with Syrian senior officials, but he knew that “the Syrian vision is based on the right to recover the occupied Syrian and Lebanese lands and the support for the Palestinian people.” 

Ghosheh did not rule out that a wide-scale war could erupt in the region, especially if an emergency government is formed in Israel. However, he said that it is not in Israel’s interest to seek such a war. 

“There is the Lebanese resistance in south Lebanon, and there are the Syrians backed by Iran. There is also the Arab factor here represented by Egypt.” 

The Hamas official said that his group’s relation with the Palestinian Authority has improved lately after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh mediated between Hamas politburo chief, Khaled Mishaal, and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. 

“Mishaal accepted reconciliation on the basis that the Intifada must be escalated, but if Arafat returns to the negotiating table, there will be no agreement.” 

 

 

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