Hamas Political Chairman Haniyeh on Palestinians and Regional Issues
Ismail Haniyeh, other Hamas officials, and ordinary Gazans cope under near-impossible conditions.
Since 2006, three preemptive Israeli wars and blockade of Gaza left its two million residents struggling to survive.
In 2012, the UN said Gaza would be unlivable by 2020.
It’s been this way throughout most of the period since Israel imposed blockade on the Strip in 2006, formalizing it the following year — for political reasons unrelated to security.
Policies by the US, Israel, and their imperial partners against invented adversaries aim to suffocate them into submission.
Despite virtually always failing, their wars by hot and other means are unrelenting.
Gazans endure virtually every form of human indignity and deprivation — lacking enough of everything for normality.
Unemployment exceeds 50%. Over two-thirds of households are food insecure.
Electricity is available a few scant hours daily. Nearly all Gazan water from aquifers is polluted and unsafe to drink.
Medical care is inadequate for lack of funds, equipment, enough staff, and virtually everything else needed to treat illnesses, diseases, and injuries.
UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories Michael Lynk said unlivable conditions in Gaza affect its people enormously.
Fuel shortages, power cuts, contaminated water and crumbling infrastructure are compounded by Israeli wars, other cross-border incursions, and sporadic terror-bombing at its discretion.
Instead of holding Israel accountable for its high crimes of war and against humanity, the world community ignores them.
The West and most regional countries abandoned Palestinians while prioritizing normalized relations with the Jewish state.
Israeli policy toward Palestinians is slow-motion genocide, a forever Nakba, Gazans suffering most of all.
By virtually every standard imaginable, Gaza is in a state of collapse. Its people endure a living death.
Blockade makes normality impossible. For Gazans, survival is a daily struggle one day at a time.
According to Middle East expert Sara Roy, “(t)he term ‘unliveable’ is meant as an alarm bell for the international community, but that bell has been ringing (unanswered in Gaza) for a long time.”
“Without the unencumbered movement of people and goods, Gaza will be condemned to continued ruination.”
Haniyeh believes that Trump regime strategy for Gaza is as follows:
1. “(L)iquidization of the Palestinian cause.”
2. Strengthening US relations with Israel and Arab states.
3. “(D)ividi(ng) the region into two camps: friends and foes” — with maximum of the former and minimum of the latter by regime change.
Haniyeh believes the US “may not be successful in embroiling more Arab countries in(to) normalization” with Israel.
The US and Jewish state want subservience to their interests, Arab states to be loyal subjects.
Oslo was doomed from inception, said Haniyeh. Palestinians got virtually nothing in return for bending to Israel’s will.
Whenever the PA agrees to an Israeli demand, it ends up the same way.
It’s what hegemons do, demanding everything in return for empty promises, breached nearly always.
In Occupied Palestine, Israel pursues a divide and control strategy, the PA refusing to cooperate with Hamas against a common foe.
Ordinary Palestinians throughout the Territories lose out under this system.
Israel goes all out to prevent unity among Palestinian factions even though militarily they’re no match against the Jewish state.
Haniyeh believes unity among Palestinian factions is possible ahead.
He thinks Israel’s blockade of the Strip “will definitely come to an end,” adding:
“The siege of Gaza is part and parcel of the American-Israeli strategy to lay siege to those who oppose them…”
It depends on achieving unity Palestinian governance, along with “steadfastness and resistance of Palestinian forces to Israeli occupation,” Haniyeh stressed.
It also requires international community support, what’s sorely lacking now.
If Biden defeats Trump in November, US policy toward Palestinians will be as dismissive as always before.
“US foreign policy does not change with the change of the president,” said Haniyeh, adding:
“It is deeply entrenched in the US deep state. US foreign policy is an institutional, not an individual matter.”
“Having said that, Trump has been the worst president the US has had.”
I agree. His domestic and geopolitical agendas exceed the worst of what his predecessors pursued.
There’s one exception. While continuing wars of aggression he inherited, he launched no new ones.
He made up for it by all-out wars by other means on Iran, China, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
Despite his abysmal record, the problem for everyone supporting peace, equity, justice, and the rule of law is that Biden/Harris is likely to exceed the worst of his policies.
The choice for US voters in November is none at all.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”