February 12, 2007

Official Hamas website: Hamas will never recognize Israel

The Quartet must recognize the Palestinian rights
Information Office of Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades [armed branch of Hamas].
10 February 2007

www [dot]alqassam [dot]ps/english/?action=showdetail&fid=326

The European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States were not commenting on the positive points in the Mecca Agreement. However, they demanded the Palestinian government to recognize Israel.

Under the Palestinians' Mecca Accord, the Fatah movement and the Hamas movement agreed on forming a new coalition government.

The accord came in the form of a letter from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, designating Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas to form the United government. Ismael Haniya will be the Prime Minister of the United Government.

After the deadly clashes between Palestinians, both Hamas and Fatah reached a great agreement in the most holy place of all Muslims, which is Al-Haram mosque, in Saudi Arabia. Thus, the Saudi King has the big role in ending the clashes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

However, the Quartet asked the Palestinian government to recognize Israel in order to send aid but did not demanded Israel to recognize the Palestinian rights.

Sheikh Nizar Rayyan, one of the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, stressed that his Movement would never recognize Israel and that the agreement on formation of the national unity government did not change Hamas' stand in this regard.

Palestinians are very happy of the result of the Mecca agreement with a lot of hope that it will succeed under the good intention to fulfill the conditions of the agreement without any negative international intervention.

The Israelis might be happy also because the agreement may reach a point to relaese the arrested soldiers, Gilad Shalit, in exchange of the release of the Palestinian prisoners in the Zionist jails.

There is a big hope that the Israeli forces would not attack the Gaza Strip if that agreement succeeded on the Palestinian street.