For the first time, Hamas provides an explanation for the attack on Israel on October 7. American newspaper New York times He spoke to Hamas leaders in the Qatari capital, Doha.
According to Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas leader, the goal was to “put the Palestinian issue back on the map.” Leaders in Doha hope that a permanent conflict will break out that will put an end to any desire for coexistence between Israel, Gaza and the surrounding countries.
Taher Al-Nono, Hamas’s media advisor, said: “I hope that the state of war with Israel will become permanent and that the Arab world will stand by our side.” New York times.
According to Hamas leaders, the attack turned out to be broader and more deadly, as the resistance group was easily able to penetrate Israeli defenses. This has also created a consensus about what Hamas aims to achieve: not just a group ruling the Gaza Strip, but also a fighting force.
Frustration grew in the months leading up to the attack as Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in the West Bank, Jews prayed at Islamic holy sites, and Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia has also been a thorn in the side of Hamas leaders.
The leaders took into account the widespread response from Israel. Khalil Al-Hayya said: “We had to tell people that the Palestinian issue is not dead.” (AP)
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