Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashal is trying to instigate a “new peace deal” with Israel. Speaking from his headquarters in Damascus, and coming on the heels of the recent Arab summit held in the Syrian capital, Mashal said that his new proposal is designed to “spare civilian lives on both sides by only targeting military objectives”.
Mashal went on to say that his offer is really almost the same one made nearly ten years ago, but not agreed upon by Israel.
By referring to “military targets” the Hamas leader said that his organization will agree to only target IDF military personnel and installations instead of wholesale terror and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. He said that he is renewing this offer with the hope of reducing civilian casualties, including Palestinian ones resulting form Israeli reprisal attacks.
Mashaal went on to say that his organization “are taking good care of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, although Israel does not take good care of Hamas and other Palestinian prisoners. This statement in itself seems a bit absurd as most, not all Palestinian prisoners are allowed to receive items form relatives and also communicate to them. This in itself is a far cry from the two brief letter said to have been written by of whom no photographs or video have been shown as proof of his being alive and of his physical condition.
The Hamas leader accused both Israel and the U.S.A. of planning to start a regional war, and even had the gall to complain that Hamas fighters have only primitive weapons against Israeli ones, and is requesting better weapons “in order to be able to shoot straighter”. Mashal said that suicidal terror attacks really began in earnest after the slaying of 29 Palestinian worshipers at a mosque in Hebron by Dr. Baruch Goldstein.
Mashal blamed the inability of Arab nations to defeat the Israel’ occupation as a result of overall weakness on the part of many Arab countries, and not as a result to giving in to Israeli demands.
On other topics, Mashal said that although his organization does not deny the occurrence of the Holocaust, the reality of this historical event has been expanded “out of proportion” by Jewish and Israeli historians in an effort to gain more international sympathy. Obviously, Mr. Mashal has not visited such Holocaust sites as Auschwitz-Birkenau, and seems to disregard the fact that more than 200,000 Holocaust survivors, living testimonials to this tragic event, live in Israel alone.
That his man is still alive and so much involved in Hamas’ activities must be a real frustration to organizations such as the Mossad, who botched a chance to be rid of Mashal several years ago when they tried to poison him in Amman Jordan.