In 2010, I visited Gaza and met with Ismail Haniyeh and in 2012, I visited Qatar and met Khaled Meshaal.
After the glorious June 30, 2013 revolution, I met President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo. Before that and also after it, I met a number of prominent Palestinian figures. We talked about both Egyptian and Palestinian developments. It’s currently more important than ever to restore the status of the Palestinian cause which the Arab Spring cast aside. If it hadn’t been for the powerful speech which Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour delivered in Kuwait, in which he emphasized that the Palestinian cause was and is still the central cause in the region, the cause would have sunk to the bottom of the list of priorities.
I think the Hamas movement bears great responsibility for the harm done against the Palestinian cause. The formula of struggle under Hamas has turned from “Palestine against Israel” to “Palestine against Palestine.”
Hamas’ reactions against anything that’s not linked to it or to the Brotherhood have become more than reactions against Israel. Hamas criticizes Abbas more than it criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The campaign against Fatah policies is fiercer than that against “Israel’s prison.” Tunnels turned from ways to struggle against the Israeli system to mere “trade” routes and Palestinian people turned from “people with a cause” to mere “truck owners” and from “fighters” to “smugglers.”
I hope that Hamas won’t be on the wrong side of history or stand against the army which fought the Mongols, the Crusaders and the IsraelisAhmed al-Muslemany