Daily Israel Report

Hamas Election Video: Armed Struggle Until Israel is Destroyed

In a new Hamas election video, the terror organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Jews declares again that it will not give up its armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.
By Scott Shiloh
First Publish: 12/14/2005, 2:32 PM / Last Update: 12/13/2005, 6:28 PM

The Hamas, a major terror organization operating mainly out of the Palestinian Authority, is running a list of candidates in PA parliamentary elections scheduled for this January.

The Hamas video, available for viewing below (or on the web site of Palestinian Media Watch), carries a message celebrating its love of death as superior to Israel’s love of life. It also expresses support for Arabs citizens of Israel who wish to destroy the country “from within.”

The video shows that Hamas looks forward to a day when its flag will fly over not only Jerusalem, but over all Israeli cities, including Acre and Haifa.

The release of the new video on the Hamas website coincides with two polls this week showing Hamas turning into a major political force in the PA, with between 32% - 45% of PA Arabs saying they will vote for Hamas in January’s parliamentary elections.

It is currently unclear what would be the implications for peace in the event that such a large component of the Palestinian Authority’s parliament is made up of people who openly support Israel’s destruction.

Presently the US State Department has made clear that while it continues to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars of American money to the PA, it will make no demands on it to prevent the Hamas from participating in the upcoming elections. The European Union and United Nations have also agreed that Hamas can participate in the elections.

Ironically, Hamas’ ideology is very close to that of Al Qeada or Hizbullah. The group espouses a vehemently anti-American and anti-Western political agenda. A number of American citizens have been killed by Hamas operations and suicide bombers in Israel.

The following quotes are taken from the new Hamas video:

"We succeeded, with Allah's grace, to raise an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life. We will not abandon the way of Jihad and Shahada [Martyrdom] as long as one inch of our holy land is in the hands of the Jews.

"Congratulations to our people of 1948 [Israeli Arabs] on the liberation of Gaza. You wish to destroy them [the Israelis] from their interior. We will never forget you, and never leave you. A day will come when our flag will fly above all the quarters of our land. Our flag will fly on the minarets of Jerusalem, and the walls of Acre, and the quarters of Haifa."

[Hamas website, December 12, 2005]