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Sunday, December 29, 2002
The Hamas favors the plan to liberate all of Palestine

The Hamas favors the plan to liberate all of Palestine

IDF Spokesperson 29 December 2002

Khaled Mashal, a senior leader of the movement and head of the political
wing, stressed the dedication of the Hamas to continue its struggle against
Israel until "the entire territory of Palestine" is liberated, in an
interview with the newspaper Al-Hayat, published in London, 28 Dec. 2002.

Below are some of his comments:

Hamas is dedicated to continuing its armed struggle - "It is important to
continue the conflict to create within the Israelis a feeling that they
cannot end the struggle by military means. [The conflict] will spur the
Israelis to retreat or to negotiate with the Palestinian side."

Hamas is taking steps to liberate all of Palestine - "The Hamas is committed
to realizing the full Palestinian rights but the Hamas is not against
agreement that returns Israel to the 1967 borders, which it views as one
step along the path [to liberating the entire territory of Palestine].

The rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah in order to improve the management
of the struggle against Israel - The rapprochement [between Hamas] and Fatah
is a step in the direction towards the general cooperation between all of
the Palestinian forces we [Hamas] are optimistic that this cooperation will
succeed there is no problem in cooperation [between Hamas and Fatah]
regarding the question whether or not there will be a struggle, but the
question is how to manage the struggle [against Israel], and how to end it.:

Egypt recognizes the strengthening position of Hamas - In response to a
question why Egypt has been moving towards talking with Hamas, Mashal said,
"The Egyptians know well the complexity of Palestinian [politics]. They know
how the balance of forces has changed, and that is the reason they are
conducting talks with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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