February 5, 2009
WHAT HAVE MILITANTS TO DO WITH GOVERNMENT?:
Hamas are Sunnis! (Tariq Alhomayed, 2/05/09, asharq alawasat)
Khalid Mishal's speech in Iran has led to questions as to whether the leader of the Hamas movement has sufficient political awareness. Mishal's actions have confounded some of the movement's leadership, and provoked those who sympathize with the suffering of the Gaza Strip.
Mishal's actions [in Iran] resulted in Hamas figures publicly responding, reinforcing the belief that there is extreme disparity between the Hamas movement in Damascus and the Gazan Hamas over Tehran which has not provided anything for Hamas and the people of Gaza other than [empty] talk which has benefited no-one. [...]
This is not all, Hamad made a second response after Mishal briefed "the Wali Amr [Guardian] of Muslims" Sayyid Ali Khamenei about the war in Gaza. Hamad said "As Sunni Muslims we do not acknowledge Khamenei as Wali Amr [Guardian] of Muslims."
Dr. Ahmed Yousef, in his role as an adviser in the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that there is "a significant Arab nationalist trend within Hamas that is interested in strengthening relations with Egypt and Saudi Arabia." He added that "we in Hamas stress that our Sunni belief is our foundation, we do not want to be tools in anyone's hands"
It is a mark of just how poorly the Israelis understand the Palestinian problem that they attacked the political party in Gaza rather than the terrorists in Damascus.
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 5, 2009 12:26 PM