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We will never accept the existence of Israel in our land

"This is our land, from the Libanon border to Egyptian border and from the river (Jordan River) to the sea (Mediterranean Sea)," said Mahmud Zahar.

15 Juni 2021 16:44

Hamas co-founder Mahmud Zahar has insisted that his organization is unwavering on one of its principles: will never recognize the existence of Israel.

Base on that principle, Hamas is not accepting the two state solution supported by most of international community. He also surprised because he just knew that Indonesian government promotes two state solution to end the Israeli occupation against Palestinians.

"We are not prefering two state solution. It is one state, it is Palestine," said Mahmud Zahar in an exclusive interview by phone with Faisal Assegaf from Albalad.co at the end of May. "This is our land, from the Libanon border to Egyptian border and from the river (Jordan River) to the sea (Mediterranean Sea)."

Excerpts:

What is your comment about the last war against Israel just ended?

We have to address that what happened in the last war were the destruction what is called security Israeli fury. This key element has been destriyed completely in the last war. No body is safe, no area is safe. The Israeli national security very destroyed.

I think it is very important for everybody to analyze the confrontation because Israel is the supreme power in the region lost their power aganst Palestinians. They are failed, they lost the confrontation.

Insha Allah this will be one step for the liberation of Palestine.

How important the supports from Iran?

We are in need for supports from everybody not only Iran, but also every country should support Palestinian resistance.

Do you still believe in two state solution?

Who give the two state solution? Palestine will be an Arabic, an Islamic. So, one state solution. No two state solution at all.

Do you mean the State of Palestine should include all areas include Israel nowdays?

We are speaking about the occupied, Israeli occupying Palestine. Palestine which occupied since 1948, it is Palestine. This is our land, from the Libanon border to Egyptian border and from the river (Jordan River) to the sea (Mediterranean Sea).

It is our land. We are not prefering two state solution. It is one state, it is Palestine.

But all OIC members support two state solution?

He then asked, "Who said that?

I told him including Indonesia, our government supports two state solution to end the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

He then asked, "Your government is accepting two state solution? I said yes.

It is completely wrong and it is contradiction with Islam because it (Palestine) is an islamic land all over the history. Israel has occupied the land (Palestine) since 1948.

If Indonesia accepted two state solution, we will not accept that.

Do you think two state solution proposed by Saudi Arabia in Arab league Summit in 2002 is the best solution?

These countries what is called Arab League accepts two state solution because all of them have relations with Israel. They normalizaed relations with Israel.

We are the owner of the land. They are not the owner of Palestine. We are the owner of Palestine, it is our land. The two state solution is not acceptable at all. No single moment we accpted two solution.

Does it mean Hamas will never recognise the existence of the State of Israel?

Of course not. We are not accepting this land, Palestine, to be non-Arabic and we are not accepting a square meter to be occupied by Israelis or by others. We have no in our history that we are accepting two state solution or to denounce a suare meter of our land.

 

 

Pendiri sekaligus pemimpin senior Hamas di Jalur Gaza Mahmud Zahar tengah berbicara di telepon di rumahnya, Kota Gaza, Rabu, 24 Oktober 2012. (faisal assegaf/albalad.co)

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