Cablegate: Haniyah's Speech Seeks to Bolster Hamas

DE RUEHJM #1329 1781238
O 271238Z JUN 07




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. GMP20070624643002

1. (SBU) Summary: In a speech on June 24, former HAMAS PM
Ismail Haniyah blamed Israel and the U.S. for problems
between HAMAS and Fatah and criticized the planned Sharm
al-Sheikh summit. Haniyah reassured Gazans that they are
safe. He blamed a "trend" in Fatah for undermining the
political partnership and proposed reconciliation between
Fatah and HAMAS. A Gaza-based PLO Executive Committee member
commented to PolOff that Gazans were very attentive to the
speech and hope for movement in a political process soon.
End summary.

Haniyah's Speech

2. (U) Former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah on June 24 spoke
for nearly two hours at a rally in Gaza and told Palestinians
that their main conflict is with Israel. He accused Israel
of working to deepen the divide between Palestinian factions
by restricting movement from Gaza and by releasing clearance
revenues only to the West Bank. He dismissed the June 25
Sharm al-Sheikh summit among President Mahmud Abbas (Abu
Mazen), Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, Jordanian King
Abdullah, and Egyptian President Mubarak and insisted only
resistance will restore Palestinians' rights and lands.
Haniyah extended his criticism to the U.S. when he suggested
that the Palestinians who undermined the national unity
government (NUG) are working toward U.S. objectives.

3. (U) Haniyah said the problem is not between HAMAS and
Abbas or HAMAS and Fatah, but he blamed a "trend" in Fatah
for emphasizing its own interests over general Palestinian
well-being. (NOTE: Palestinian press are linking this
"treasonous trend" with Muhammad Dahlan, but Haniyah did not
name names in his speech. END NOTE.) He reiterated that
Fatah members and institutions in Gaza are not at risk from
HAMAS, but said HAMAS intends to prosecute criminals,
regardless of their factional affiliation. Haniyah said
HAMAS's take-over of Gaza was a preemptive strike in response
to the pressure on HAMAS related to international
restrictions, the arrest of PLC members, and Fatah attacks
against HAMAS personnel and interests. He displayed at the
rally a letter that he said had sent to Abbas detailing
violations of the Mecca Agreement and warning of Fatah's
"planned explosion," which he said HAMAS's take-over of Gaza
was intended to prevent.

4. (U) Haniyah praised HAMAS's refusal to surrender to the
international financial blockade and willingness to work with
other Palestinian factions in the NUG. He rejected the word
"coup" to describe HAMAS's actions. HAMAS came to power
through elections, Haniyah stated, and HAMAS acted to protect
its legitimacy in Gaza. Since the take-over, Gaza has become
more secure than before, Haniyah said. He reassured Gazans
that their isolation will end and HAMAS will seek to pay PA
employee salaries. He denied reports that HAMAS intends to
establish an independent Islamic emirate in Gaza, criticized
Abbas's decree to form a new government as illegal and
claimed that Abbas's actions will deepen the divide between
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

5. (U) Haniyah read a ten point proposal to end the current
crisis, which included establishing a new NUG for all the
Palestinian territories, restructuring the security services,
ending the anti-HAMAS practices in the West Bank, and holding
those who committed crimes during the clashes accountable.
He also reassured Christians that HAMAS will look after their
interests and denied that HAMAS was responsible for the
looting of a Christian school in Gaza. Additionally, Haniyah
described the "Dayton Plan" as undermining security reform
efforts. He also criticized Abbas for using PLO committees
to rubber stamp his policies and denied that HAMAS had formed
an axis with Iran and Syria.

PLO-EC Member in Gaza

6. (SBU) PLO Executive Committee (PLO-EC) member Riad
al-Khodary told PolOff in a telephone conversation from Gaza
that Gazans had listened to Haniyah's speech with great
interest. Palestinians had hoped for more concrete steps,
and everyone in Gaza wonders what will happen next. Khodary
said business seems to have returned to normal and people are
moving safely through the streets, but he does not believe
the situation is tenable. He said he feels that Gazans are
on edge, waiting to see what Haniyah and HAMAS will do after
the speech.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Washington Riot And The Georgia Results
Hong Kong and Washington DC. On the same morning, the tyrants in power in Beijing and their counterpart in the White House have shown how they refuse to accept the legitimacy of any different points of view, and the prospect of losing power… More>>

WHO: Vaccination No Guarantee Of Virus Eradication

In the final World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 press conference of the year, on Monday, senior officials warned that the virus is 'not necessarily the big one', and that there is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic spreading ... More>>

Covid: Two Billion COVID Vaccine Doses Secured, WHO Says End Of Pandemic Is In Sight

The end of the pandemic is in sight but we must not let our guard down, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as he welcomed the news that the global vaccine partnership COVAX has lined up almost two billion doses of existing ... More>>

UN: Guterres To Seek Second Five-year Term
António Guterres will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022.... More>>

UN Rights Office: Iran Execution Of Child Offender Breaks International Law

The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial. In a statement released on Thursday, ... More>>

UN News: Fighting Displaces Over 500,000 In Northern Mozambique, Reports UN Refuge Agency

Attacks by armed groups in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Niassa provinces have displaced more than 530,000 people, many of whom have been forced to move multiple times, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. According to ... More>>