MK Ibrahim Sarsour (Ra’am Ta’al) has come out with yet another virulently anti-Israeli statement. This time, the MK has praised a speech by Hamas head in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh which included a call for “popular resistance” against Israel – a phrase which Hamas uses to refer to terrorism.
In his October 19 speech, Haniyeh slammed the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as “harming the cause of resistance,” and called to prepare for “the big campaign in which all of Palestine will be liberated.”
Hamas includes all of modern-day Israel in its definition of “Palestine.”
Haniyeh also praised the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit as a “historic victory.”
In a media statement Sarsour praised Haniyeh’s plan for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, and quoted a particular passage of the speech in which Haniyeh called for “agreement on the national plan” and “decision-making regarding Palestinian politics” – and then continued on to call for “a plan to fight the occupation, and resistance to its attacks on our people, our land and our holy places using every possible means.”
Sarsour argued, “The solution to the Palestinian crisis lies with Ramallah’s responsiveness to Ismail Haniyeh’s call.”
Haniyeh set down “logical basic principles,” he continued. “Allah [God], the Palestinian people, and history will not forgive the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah if it prefers to follow blindly after the false illusion provided by Israel and the United States instead of reaching an understanding with Hamas based on the principles Haniyeh stated.”
Sarsour has previously met with jailed terrorists, including a Hamas leader responsible for the Park Hotel massacre, has praised Hezbollah for “defeating” Israel in 2006, and has called to establish an Islamic Caliphate centered in Jerusalem.