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September 26, 2016 6:34 am

Hamas Brags: We’ve Doubled Our Number of Weapons Since 2014 War

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshal. Photo: Trango.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal. Photo: Trango.

Khaled Meshal, the “political” leader of Hamas, just bragged at an Al Jazeera forum in Doha that since the 2014 war, his organization has doubled the number of weapons it possesses.

Speaking on the topic of “Palestinian resistance and the transformations of the Arab Spring,” Meshal said, “Hamas has many times the weapons than it had two years ago, due to the strong will of the Palestinians.” He proudly claimed that this is the case, despite Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Meshal attended the forum with Hamas’ Gaza chief, Ismail Haniyeh.

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Whether he is telling the truth or not, it will be interesting to see if there is any reaction to this speech by Gazans, Israelis, human rights NGOs, Arab leaders and the international community.

Meshal is effectively telling Gazans that Hamas prioritizes weapons replenishment over getting them electricity, building materials and other goods that they need. Does the average Gazan share those priorities? Why isn’t Hamas smuggling in things that Gazans actually need?

Meshal is telling NGOs that Hamas doesn’t care about Gaza unemployment or dependency on aid by outsiders. In fact, the external aid is helping Hamas focus its priorities on acquiring arms. How should Doctors Without Borders or Oxfam react when they are being told that their helping Gazans allows Hamas to abdicate its responsibility to its people?

Furthermore, Meshal is telling Israelis (and Egypt)  that despite the limits on goods going to Gaza, Hamas is managing to re-arm. Will this make Israel and Egypt become more or less likely to loosen up their restrictions on letting materials into Gaza?

This supposedly moderate and pragmatic Hamas leader is telling the Arab leaders that Hamas’ main priority is to kill Israeli Jews, not to help its own people. Yet Arab nations have pledged billions to help Gaza. Will this make them more or less likely to pay their pledges?

Finally, Meshal has re-affirmed Hamas’ terror goals. Will this make world leaders think twice about helping an enclave where their aid is indirectly enabling terror?

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  • A.S.F.

    And this is why the PA feels they do not dare hold elections–Because this is the type of ideology that most Palestinians embrace and would vote in–even at the cost of their own eventual self-destruction. It is worth it to them, if they get to kill more Jews in the process.

  • Peter Joffe

    Of course twice the amount of weapons means that twice as many Gazans are going to die as they are placed in front of the ‘brave’ terrorists who need human shields to hide behind. That is of course in addition to the masks that they hide behind. The United Nations prize for cowardly behavior to all Hamas terrorists.

  • Peter Joffe

    Twice the weapons means twice the bang in Gaza and of course the money that has been given to Hamas was used for more weapons, more tunnels and more deprivation for Gaza people.Well done Hamas the organisation that cares NOT for its people.

  • Has Hamas ever considered Peace?

    • FedUp71Ohio

      Never.

  • watsa46

    Good for them. They have no other priorities. Killing only!
    Dresden is a new city. Completely destroyed by US & GB. That is what the Hamas want: a NEW GAZA!

  • gmb

    All that means is the zionists will have double the number of targets to hit for the next war. So after 2 years since the last war, instead of 10,000 home still needed to be rebuilt, after the next war, 20,000 more homes will still need to be rebuilt after 2 years.

    Even Hezbollah, under the direction of the crazy Iranian mullahs, have not attacked the zionists after the last war. Well fed Nasrallah learned that the flattening of southern Beirut and southern Lebanon brings complete destruction to his people.

    Any semi-smart people would have learned not to attack the zionists. I guess Hamas leadership is not very smart.

    • shloime

      it’s hard to tell how smart they are, but their entire raison d’être is the destruction of israel, not the wellbeing of gazans.

      and the 80% of gazans polled who say they support hamas are even less smart.

    • If Hamas didn’t pretend to prepare for war as an excuse to persecuting the Gazans, they would loose all credibility

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