Daily Israel Report

Haniyeh Unfazed by Morsi's Removal

"The Palestinian problem" will continue to be the central issue for the Arab world, says Hamas Prime Minister.
By Dalit Halevi & Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/8/2013, 3:46 AM

Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh
Flash 90

The Prime Minister of the Hamas terror movement’s government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, appeared unfazed on Friday by the Egyptian army’s removal of President Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’s parent movement which in recent months has been helping Hamas in its attempts to be removed from the U.S. and European countries’ lists of terrorist organizations.

While Morsi’s ouster has left the Hamas leadership concerned over its status in both the international as well as the local arena, Haniyeh said that he was not worried about what will happen with Hamas in the wake of Morsi’s ouster.

Speaking after Friday prayers at the Al-Furkan mosque in the Al-Burej area of Gaza, Haniyeh attempted to send a calming message to the Palestinian Authority Arab public, saying it should feel optimistic about the Arab Spring and not worry about the developments in the Middle East.

“The Palestinian problem”, said Haniyeh, is  the central issue with which the Arab and Islamic world is concerned, and it would return to center stage as soon as a number of Arab countries finish engaging in their own internal affairs.

Haniyeh said that PA Arabs should be saddened by the goings on in the Arab world but should not feel despair.

The Arab Spring, said the Hamas leader, will continue until the realization of both the internal and external objectives of the revolution, meaning the liberation from the tyrannical regimes and repairing what he called the historic injustice done to the “Palestinian people”.

PA Arabs should not fear for Gaza’s fate, he said, because "Egypt is our strategic depth as are the other Arab states."