Hamas marked its 25th anniversary by making Israel’s destruction its raison d'être.“There is no legitimacy for Israel, however long time lasts,” Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal told tens of thousands of supporters in the Gaza Strip. Since its founding, the Iranian-backed terrorist organization has been committed to Israel’s annihilation.“It will wipe out those organizations which are the enemy of humanity and Islam,” reads Hamas’ founding charter. Not only is Hamas determined to wipe out Israel, it is also overtly anti-Semitic.
“Our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails,” the charter states. Jews are referred to 12 times in the document, which refers to them as Nazis.
Speaking in Gaza ahead of the rally, Mashaal made clear his movement’s intentions. “Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah and after that Jerusalem then Haifa and Jaffa,” he said.
Hamas fired hundreds of mortars, rockets and missiles last month targeting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in addition to the dozens of Israeli towns and communities that have been in the organization’s firing line for more than a decade. Terrorists have fired 2337 projectiles towards Israeli homes this year alone.
Hamas is currently trying to persuade Fatah, the movement headed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, to join forces. There has always been a deep rivalry between the factions, which came to a head in June 2007, when Hamas ousted Fatah from all its positions in Gaza, leaving at least 100 Palestinians dead in bloody street fighting.
Fatah is considering bringing Hamas into the Palestinian Authority government, but that would effectively kill the chances for peace with Israel.
“It is either peace with Hamas or peace with Israel. You can't have them both. Abbas…is choosing to abandon the path of peace and join with Hamas, without Hamas accepting the minimal conditions of the international community,” Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier this year.