A senior official in the Hamas terror group called for removing Jews from the entirety of historic Palestine.
According to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Mahmoud al-Zahar told Hamas’s al-Aqsa TV last week that “removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle because it appears in the Book of Allah.”
He said Allah, in the Quran, states, “And drive them out from wherever they have driven you out” and that this means removing the Jews from the 1948 borders.
Zahar went on to advise, “Never use the term 1967 (borders).”
“We have liberated Gaza, part of Palestine, but I am not prepared to accept just Gaza,” he said.
“Our position is: Palestine in its entirety, and not a grain of soil less,” added Zahar, a former Hamas foreign minister. “Allah did not define the 1967 borders or the 1948 borders. We will fight them wherever we can — on the ground, underground, and if we have airplanes, we will fight them from the skies.”
The speech came in the wake of recent reports that Hamas is planning to endorse a state of Palestine along the 1967 borders — a move that would be a major shift from the group’s long-held policy of reclaiming all of the land between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea — though it won’t recognize Israel’s legitimacy.
The new policy will be announced in amendments to Hamas’s charter that is to be published in April, after the group’s political bureau completes its internal elections, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on March 7.
The new policy is being crafted in order to engage regional and international partners, such as Egypt, the report said.
While Hamas leaders in the past have at times expressed to English-language news outlets they would accept a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines, the group’s official spokespeople and media frequently continue to promise to liberate what is the entire State of Israel.