The leader of the Hamas political bureau on Wednesday called for the Palestinian house to be put in order around democratic principles, starting with local, parliamentary, presidential and PLO elections, Al-Resalah newspaper has reported.
“The Palestinians do not accept any leadership except an elected leadership which unites the nation,” said Khaled Meshaal during a public eulogy for Palestinian fighter, Khalid Al-Hoor, who died in Gaza.
Meshaal thanked the family of the fighters, especially his parents, for not hesitating to let him join the resistance against Israel’s brutal military occupation. He noted that the Palestinians are facing a “fierce enemy” whose “violations against (them) the oppressive world has no intention of even trying to curb.”
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The Hamas official also thanked all of the other resistance fighters, including the movement’s military wing, for their fight against Israeli aggression.
Meshaal pointed out that the path of resistance is “only an alternative” to the democratic way and is being prepared for the time when the movement’s democratic efforts are respected.
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Hamas won the 2006 parliamentarian elections in Gaza, but its rival Palestinian faction, Fatah, along with Israel and the international community, refused to recognize the result. Fatah has since worked to undermine the rule of Hamas in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hamas has been the de facto government in Gaza for the past 10 years.