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February 07, 2006

Mashaal Says

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal

Some recent items in the press have have hinted at the ascension of a "moderate" Hamas—the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Margaret Coker and Craig Nelson wrote of the group's self-described "obligation to serve humanity," compared them to former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and contrasted them with the Taliban. Others (e.g. editorials in the Washington Post and New York Times) have expressed hope Hamas would soon be forced to moderate now that it has won the Palestinian elections.

What does Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal say about all this?

"Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded," he told the faithful at a Syrian Mosque (and on al-Jazeera) last week.

Good thing he cleared that up.

(For more from Mashal's "moderate" address, see MEMRI. Highights include "To hell with you all," "Arab or Muslim mentality ... rejects the foreigner," and the chant of "Death to Israel. Death to Israel. Death to America.")

Mashaal does not stray from the group's charter which calls for the obliteration of the Jewish State. For an English translation of the charter in its entirety, click here.

Posted by GI at February 7, 2006 11:05 AM


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