Hamas' Statement: The Story Behind the Al-Aqsa Flood and its Implications

Ismail Haniyeh, a prominent figure in Hamas, recently outlined the underlying factors that led to the recent escalation in the Middle East, which has been termed the "Al-Aqsa Flood."

by Faruk Imamovic
Hamas' Statement: The Story Behind the Al-Aqsa Flood and its Implications
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Ismail Haniyeh, a prominent figure in Hamas, recently outlined the underlying factors that led to the recent escalation in the Middle East, which has been termed the "Al-Aqsa Flood." His statement provides a crucial perspective on the conflict, highlighting three key developments that set the stage for the current situation.

Firstly, Haniyeh points to the marginalization of the Palestinian cause both locally and internationally. This perceived sidelining has been a source of growing discontent among Palestinians. Secondly, the arrival of what he terms an "extremist Zionist government," which he accuses of prioritizing the displacement of Palestinian people and asserting sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is cited as a critical escalatory factor.

Lastly, Haniyeh argues that the normalization of relations and integration of Israel into the region, often seen as detrimental to the Palestinian cause, contributed to the tensions.

The Al-Aqsa Flood: A Response to Escalation

In response to these developments, Hamas and other Palestinian factions decided that traditional methods of confrontation were insufficient.

This led to what Haniyeh calls the "Al-Aqsa Flood," a series of actions aimed at countering Israeli policies and actions. He suggests that this was not a choice but a necessary response to an untenable situation.

Israeli Objectives and Outcomes

Haniyeh asserts that Israel's objectives in this conflict were threefold: to annihilate the resistance, recover prisoners, and implement a displacement plan for Gazans.

However, he claims that despite the destruction and loss of life, Israel failed to achieve these goals. He emphasizes that Hamas remains active not only in Gaza but also in the West Bank, Al-Quds, and among the Palestinian diaspora.

He asserts that the influence of Hamas extends beyond the regional confines, touching the conscience of people globally.

The Role of the United States and the Western Alliance

A significant accusation made by Haniyeh is the involvement of the United States and Western allies in the conflict.

He alleges that the aggression witnessed is a combined American-Israeli effort, with the U.S. providing substantial support and even being involved in devising the war strategy.

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The Four Stages of War and Their Outcomes

According to Haniyeh, the war was designed to unfold in four stages: aerial bombings, ground invasion, focused operations against the resistance, and a political phase.

He contends that despite the heavy toll in terms of human life and infrastructure, these efforts were futile in achieving their stated objectives.

Prisoner Exchange and Failed Objectives

One of the more striking claims made by Haniyeh is regarding the Israeli prisoners.

He claims that all efforts by Israel and its allies to liberate prisoners from Gaza were unsuccessful. He further states that the only way for Israel to recover its prisoners is through the release of Palestinian prisoners.

The Issue of Displacement and Civilian Response

Haniyeh highlights the resilience of the Gazan people in face of the alleged displacement plans. He notes that despite the pressures, the people of Gaza remained steadfast in their land, challenging the Israeli objectives.

The West Bank and Regional Implications

Turning to the situation in the West Bank, Haniyeh describes it as serious and significant, pointing to the large number of casualties as evidence of the intensity of the conflict.

He also notes that the repercussions of these events are not confined to Palestine but have ramifications throughout the region.

Call for International Support

In his statement, Haniyeh appeals for international support for the Palestinian cause.

He criticizes the global community for providing weapons to Israel and argues that it's time for the international community to support the Palestinian resistance with arms, framing the conflict as not just a Palestinian battle but a broader religious and cultural struggle.

"We see that the world's nations are pouring weapons to the occupation through air bridges and aircraft carriers. It is time to support the resistance with weapons because this is the battle of Al-Aqsa, not just the battle of the Palestinian people alone." the statement said.

The Reality on the Ground

Finally, Haniyeh argues that the daily losses incurred by the Israeli forces are much greater than what is publicly acknowledged. He claims that the resistance is much stronger and more effective than it appears in media portrayals, suggesting that only a fraction of their operations are visible to the world.

"Yesterday, the zionist media spoke about what they called the "hardest day for us" in Gaza. After nearly 100 days they talk about hard days because there are men who have kept their promise to Allah. The resistance front in Gaza is a strong, cohesive, promising front with a long strategic breath, leadership, and control.

This is a source of pride for all the sons of the nation and the free people of the world." the statement added.

The "Al-Aqsa Flood," as described by Ismail Haniyeh, is a complex and multi-faceted event. It underscores the deep-seated issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reflects the broader regional and international dynamics at play.

As the situation continues to evolve, understanding these underlying factors becomes crucial for anyone looking to grasp the realities of this enduring conflict.