Daily Israel Report

A-Zahar Reiterates Hamas Goal: World Domination

A fundamental position espoused by Hamas and other Islamist groups worldwide is struggle for the obliteration of Israel and worldwide Islamic rule.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 3/27/2007, 6:57 PM

Addressing a mass rally in memory of the founder of the Hamas terrorist organization, Ahmed Yassin, senior Hamas leader and former Palestinian Authority official Mahmoud A-Zahar reiterated a fundamental position espoused by Hamas and other Islamist groups worldwide: struggle for the complete obliteration of Israel and the worldwide rule of Islam.

According to an alert released by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which monitors and translates Palestinian Authority media, the main elements of A-Zahar's speech were printed in the PA's Al-Ayyam newspaper on March 25, 2007.

"A-Zahar emphasized that the Islamic Movement's [Hamas's] position concerning the problem of the liberation of Palestine is clear and known," Al-Ayyam reported. A-Zahar is quoted as saying:

"We have two important foundations: one is Koranic and the other is prophetic. The Koranic: the divine promise made in the Al-Israa Sura [Chapter 17] is that we will liberate the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, 'and we will enter it as we have entered it the first time' [paraphrasing Sura 17 (The Night Journey), verse 7]. And the prophetic foundation is the message of the prophet Muhammad, that Islam will enter every house and will spread over the entire world.

".... Our position is the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine. This is the final and strategic solution for us. There is a Koranic message for us, that we will enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the entrance to the mosque means the entrance into all of Palestine. This is the message, no one can deny it. Anyone who denies it must check his faith and his Islam."

A-Zahar's statements, as promulgated in the PA media, are restatements of views
"Our position is the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine." -- Mahmoud A-Zahar
expressed in the foundational covenant of Hamas, the PA government's ruling faction. Regarding Israel, the 1988 Hamas Covenant preamble says, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." While Article 28 of the Covenant widens the threat: "...Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. 'May the cowards never sleep.'"

The Hamas position on the existence of a sovereign Jewish entity in the Middle East is identical to its position on any lands once conquered by Muslims. As Article 11 of the organization's covenant says: "[Hamas] believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ...[And] the same goes for any land the Muslims have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Muslims consecrated these lands to Muslim generations till the Day of Judgment."

Functionally, Hamas also sees itself as part of a global movement for Islamic domination. As Article 2 declares, "[Hamas] is one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization...." More fundamentally, Article 5 says, "[Hamas's] place is anywhere that there are Muslims who embrace Islam as their way of life everywhere on the globe. This being so, it extends to the depth of the earth and reaches out to the heaven."

Echoing his co-religionists in the PA, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Raad Salah, declared in September of 2006 that a new Caliphate will soon arise with its capital in Jerusalem.