Outgoing Terror Chief Mashal: “We May Have Failed in Some Things and Succeeded in Others”
Hamas’s outgoing political chief Khaled Mashal admitted that Hamas has made many mistakes governing Gaza and that it should not serve as a model for other countries.
Speaking at a conference in Qatar on Islamism and democracy Mashal told the audience that Hamas tried “to combine resistance [against Israel] and governance” but its experience has largely failed and “should not be taken as a model unless for learning a lesson,” the Times of Israel reported, citing Saudi-owned daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat.
Mashal is referring to Hamas’s rule over Gaza, which it violently took control of in 2007 from the Palestinian Authority. International demands have been placed on Hamas to force it to abandon terrorism and recognize peace agreements with Israel.
The Hamas chief announced recently that he is stepping down from the terrorist organization’s leadership over differences with its Gaza leadership. Mashal had been Hamas’s leader “in exile” in Syria until the group abandoned its office in Syria for Qatar amid the violent civil war. Recently, an Iranian newspaper with ties to the government called Mashal a “Zionist agent” and a “traitor” for abandoning Syria.