It's a means to an end. It's not done for its own sake. Hamas isn't a military group. It's "an all-embracing national liberation movement." Its grassroots give it strength.
Weapons are only used for defense. International law permits legitimate resistance. "It is our natural right to defend ourselves when forced to do so".we did this from the position of a legitimate government formed after fair democratic elections which were approved by the elected Legislative Council."
At the same time, force isn't used against other Arab entities. "Our battle is exclusively against the Zionist enemy." Resistance is more than legitimate. It's the only way occupied people can achieve liberation.
Asked about Hamas' achievements in international relations, he said:
It has several dimensions. It's a battle of humanity against Israeli injustice and oppression. It involves promoting a just cause. It's also about "forging a network of relations."
It begins regionally, then elsewhere worldwide. It requires achieving breakthroughs. It depends on convincing other nations to "deal with us and accord us the consideration we deserve, respect our interests, rights and legitimate demands, and retreat from their current policies of bias towards Israel and disregard for the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims."
Successes have been achieved. Much remains to be done. Relations are being forged "with poise and self-respect, with the purpose of reaping gains for the Palestinian cause rather than for narrow partisan" reasons.
Meshal covered a lot more ground. The interview was detailed and comprehensive. He had much to say and did so. He ended calling Palestine "a great nation, proud of ourselves, our religion, our land, our history, our culture and identity"."
Palestine and Jerusalem reflect "our beating heart and an indicator of our life and survival. Therefore, we won't tolerate the Zionist entity for long, and we will defeat it just as we defeated the Crusades and the Mongol advance in the past."
He quoted from the Koran again, saying: "For it is by turns that We apportion unto people such days (of fortune and misfortune)." He's confident the former will prevail in the end.
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