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Hamas calls for new strategy to counter challenges facing Palestinian cause

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of the Hamas resistance movement (Photo by Xinhua)

The head of the political bureau of the Hamas resistance movement has called for a coherent national strategy in the face of dangers and challenges that threaten the Palestinian cause.

“The first component of such a strategy is consensus on a national plan outside the Oslo Accords [signed between the Israeli regime and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)], and to terminate all agreements in addition to relevant security and economic annexes,” Ismail Haniyeh said at a virtual conference on the occasion of Naksa (Setback) Day, which is commemorated every year on June 5 and marks the displacement of Palestinian people after Israel prevailed in the 1967 Six Day War.

He added, “The second element seeks the launch of a comprehensive resistance campaign against the Zionist Occupation (Israel) through popular, media, political and economic means, and armed struggle in particular.”

Haniyeh stressed that the third component is to restructure the PLO and incorporate all Palestinian factions in it, whilst the fourth one is aimed at the formation of a regional bloc that safeguards the Palestinian cause.

The high-ranking Hamas official went on to say that Palestinians and Jordanians share three challenges, the first of which is the upshot of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which is commemorated on 15 May every year and marks the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland when the Israeli regime was created back in 1948, and Naksa Day.

Whilst the second challenge is strategic threats, the third common danger is US President Donald Trump's so-called Middle East plan, which strongly favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians, in addition to the Tel Aviv regime’s plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, Haniyeh pointed out.

The Hamas leader finally called on Muslim states to work towards reduction of tensions in the Middle East region, and focus on the Palestinian cause and the issue of occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

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