Harriet Sherwood’s Dec. 7 report, ‘Gaza Welcomes exiled Hamas leader‘, about Khaled Meshaal’s first trip to Gaza, began with these three paragraphs:
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal kissed the ground and wept as he arrived in Gaza on Friday on a historic first visit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Islamist organisation and what it claims was a victory in the recent war with Israel.
“I have been dreaming of this historic moment my entire life, to come to Gaza,” said the exiled leader, who last stood on Palestinian soil as a teenager. He paid tribute to the “blood of [Gaza’s] heroes”.
He told reporters it was another rebirth following a failed attempt by Israel to assassinate him in 1997. He prayed that his next rebirth would come “the day we liberate Palestine“.
He told reporters:
“Today Gaza, tomorrow Ramallah and then Jerusalem, Haifa and Jaffa”
The Palestine he wants to liberate includes every square inch of land between the river and the sea.
Hamas's 25th anniversary logo has many items, M75 projectile, Map of Palestine, Dome of the Rock, 25 years, liberation http://t.co/yhvf7njT—
Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) December 04, 2012
The opening words of Hamas’s founding covenant make its goal clear:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
The covenant is also clear about their methods:
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
So, there should be nothing surprising about the fact that the Hamas leader expressed his desire to annihilate Israel, unless of course you’re one of those who rely on the Guardian as a serious news source about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.