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Palestinian Authority Forbids Peace with Israel


Abu Mazen’s Adviser on Religious and Islamic Affairs stressed that it is not only against Hamas’ ideology but also that of the Palestinian Authority to sign any peace agreement with Israel.

According to a report in Palestinian Media Watch, Abu Mazen’s Adviser on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al Habbash made at least three statements in recent weeks showing that the Palestinian Authority agrees with the Hamas ideology that all of the State of Israel, including areas within the green line, is Islamic Waqf land that legally cannot be renounced as part of any peace agreement. Palestinian Media Watch noted that such a designation forbids any peace agreement to be reached with Israel.

Al Habbash told Al Hayat Al Jadida: “The entire land of Palestine is [Islamic] waqf and is blessed land. It is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it.” He added on PA TV: “All this [Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza] is waqf and kharaj land (i.e., land belonging to Muslims) and no one is permitted to sell it or negotiate over it or forfeit it,” he emphasized. “It is ours and will remain ours. The occupation [Israel] is the one that will leave.”

“The Palestinian national reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] – how long will arguments and struggles over matters concerning the interests of the Palestinian people, and especially the Gaza Strip, continue,” he pondered on PA TV. “What are we [Fatah and Hamas] divided about? Do we disagree about Jerusalem, for example? [Do we] disagree about liberating Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea? Disagree about what? What do they disagree about? About a minister responsible for a certain area, about a clerk who needs a job? Issues like these, my brothers, the things, for Allah’s sake, all these small issues are meaningless compared to the interests of the public.”

These recent statements made by Abu Mazen’s Adviser on Religious and Islamic Affairs are very similar to statements made in the Hamas Charter. According to Article 11 of Hamas Charter, “The Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.”

Due to the above passage in the Hamas Charter, the terror group stresses that based on their religious convictions, they can never sign any peace treaty with Israel; they can only sign a hudna (ceasefire). Now, it appears that the Palestinian Authority shares this conviction. Abu Mazen stated himself in 2009, “There is no disagreement between us [Fatah and Hamas]: About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None! So what do you [Hamas] disagree about? Why are you not signing the [reconciliation] agreement?”

  • As long as the powers-that-be are allowed to profit from war, and the people of planet earth continue to seek the difference rather than the similarities we all share, there will be no peace in Palestine, nor any other location on this planet. Become the change you wish to see… the powers-that-be are opportunists, and as long as we allow them opportunity, they will continue to dominate;

  • John Johnson

    Big deal. The Israeli parliament believes all of former Palestine should be Ipart of srael. Hence the expanding Jew only settlements in Palestinians territory. The only difference is that Israel is actually carrying out the illegal territorial expansion policy…

    • Arafat

      1. There are two basic camps of Muslims:

      ~ the “jihadist”, who wants to hack our heads off.

      ~ the “moderate”, perfectly content with the jihadist hacking our heads off.

  • Aer O’Head

    What a pile of deliberately inflammatory tripe. The Hamas Charter is universally recognized to have been consigned to the archives of history, and it is essentially a dead document. Even Wikipedia will tell you that much ( Especially since Hamas has been participating in elections, it is by definition engaged in any peace process. Of course, it is debatable whether Israel wants peace at all, since talks serve only to facilitate ever more land grabs. It is obviously this author’s agenda to wage war on any peace process, deliberately throwing gas on the fire. As for supposedly incendiary comments by high-ranking officials, you need look no further than Netanyahu, Lieberman and Bennett, whom I am sure this author is quite in tune with. I repeat: Israel does not want peace and never did while it was able to gain ever more territory (illegally, I might add). And it probably won’t stop until it swallows up all of Palestine, the entire nation of Jordan, and probably more of Syria and Lebanon, in their unquenchable thirst for Lebensraum. Oh yes, and bomb the crap out of Iran, just to solidify its military dominance of the entire region.

    • Arafat

      Trying to help Muslims is like trying to help a rabid dog.
      Regardless of how good your intentions are, you’re going to get bitten——-


Rachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is a senior media research analyst at the Center for Near East Policy Research and a correspondent for the Israel Resource News Agency. She is based in Israel and publishes in a variety of media outlets throughout the world. She is the author of "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media." Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University and a BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.