Hamas new charter is reflective of development
11 September, 2018
Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years
in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political
Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.
In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening,
Meshal confirmed that the Hamas new charter highlighted a specific era; it
was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political
Meshal clarified that the movement did not repudiate its original charter,
but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed its change
with new principles in the new document.
Not like others, Hamas would never alter its core principles, Mesahl added.
Meshal stressed that political development of Hamas came as a fruit of the
movement’s reaction to the status quo ahead of Arab Spring and this was
highlighted through the Document of Principles and Policies, exactly as the
movement has done at different situations and periods when it had expressed
its stances about them.
He emphasized that there is no contradiction in the new charter, but that
the points of contentions appeared due to the diverse viewpoints and
readings of others is a natural phenomenon.
The Hamas’ leader demonstrated that the new document was not a strategic or
tactic change, it is ‘a natural and mature change’ based on balanced
Interim Palestinian state on 67-borders
Meshal confirmed that Hamas had not made any concessions regarding the
interim Palestinian state on pre-1967 boundaries, but it put forward this
proposal to pave the ground for national consensus, noting that the movement
had adopted the option of resistance to restore the Palestinian lands and
If an interim Palestinian state on 67-borders was established, he explained,
Hamas would not waive the Palestinians’ claim or the rest of their occupied
territories or recognize the Israeli Occupation as a state.
He added that the Israeli Occupation would not grant the Palestinians their
territories or sovereignty unless it is forced to do so, as what happened
when the resistence derived it out the Gaza Strip in 2005.
“The new document highlighted the cumulative development of Hamas’ political
performance without waiving the national constants,” Meshal added noting
that his movement had reacted positively to the status que.
He stated that Hamas would not normalize ties with any side at the expense
of its national constants.
Hamas had entered into indirect negotiations with the Israeli Occupation to
hammer out a ceasefire agreement and a new ‘prisoner swap deal’ through Arab
and foreign mediators, he continued.
Meshal stressed that legitimacy is not granted by the international
community or the Israeli Occupation, but through the polls in a clear
reference to Hamas’ triumph in the 2006 parliamentary elections.
Meshal stressed that taking the Palestinian decisions should be made jointly
and this requires achieving the Palestinian unity. The movement had made
everything possible to bring about reconciliation, but the PA met these
concessions with sanctions on the Gaza Strip.
The PA’s leadership in Ramallah committed a grave mistake when it imposed
the sanctions on the beleaguered strip, and they had paved the way for “the
deal of the century” by doing so, Meshal concluded.