Why Hamas and Islamic Jihad Supported Abbas's Statehood Bid

Gatestone Institute 4 December 2012
By Khaled Abu Toameh

Hamas and Islamic Jihad celebrated because they think that the UN has paved the way for the establishment of an Islamist state within the pre-1967 lines. The Islamists are hoping to achieve their goals with the support of three parties: Iran, Qatar and Egypt.

Why did some Hamas leaders come out in public in support of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's request to the UN General Assembly to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to "Non-Member Observer State"?

Because the Hamas leaders know that sooner or later the Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem will fall into their hands.

Hamas has not abandoned its dream of replacing Israel with an Islamic state, "from the river to the sea."

This is what several Hamas leaders reiterated over the past week when asked why they had backed Abbas's effort to establish a Palestinian state on "only" 22% of Mandatory Palestine.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives even participated in Fatah celebrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip marking the "victory" at the UN General Assembly last Thursday.

These representatives did not take part in the celebrations because they accept the two-state solution and are willing to live in peace alongside Israel. (continue reading...)