Hamas, the Palestinian political and military organization, has expressed its willingness to support Russia's involvement in mediating the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Musa Abu Marzouk, a member of the board of directors and head of the Department of Foreign Relations of Hamas, emphasized their openness to Russian mediation.
However, Marzouk noted that Israel has been hesitant to agree to this proposition, as it has traditionally aligned itself closely with the positions of the United States. "We welcome Russia's mediation in the conflict with Israel," Marzouk stated, "however, they did not respond even though we asked them that Moscow join the process from the very beginning.
As you know, the mediator needs to be approved by both sides," he said, as reported by Sputnik. Marzouk also shed light on the contrasting preferences in mediator selection. He asserted that the United States appears to favor either Qatar or Egypt as potential mediators in resolving the conflict, whereas Israel shares a similar preference, which, in turn, excludes Russia's involvement from the process.
"Hamas, on the other hand, believes that Russia can play an important role in the Middle East. This approach aligns with the interests of oppressed peoples and aims to create a balance among the major powers in the region," he added.
By engaging with Russia and expressing openness to alternative mediators, Hamas indicates a readiness to explore new paths
Hamas's recent interactions with Russian officials in Moscow underscore their dedication to seeking diplomatic channels for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully.
While the challenge of mediator selection remains, the regional consensus leans toward an approach that is both balanced and inclusive. This shared aspiration reflects the ongoing determination within the region to find a lasting solution to the enduring Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite its historical complexities and the presence of various stakeholders.
By engaging with Russia and expressing openness to alternative mediators, Hamas indicates a readiness to explore new paths toward a more stable and harmonious future in the region.