The situation in occupied Palestine is likely to be disrupted in the coming weeks due to the election of Yahya Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, a few days ago. He will succeed Ismail Haniyeh.
Born in Khan-Younes, Gaza, in 1962, Sinwar spent 22 years in Israeli jails before being released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange; the Franco-Israeli soldier kidnapped by the resistance 5 years earlier.
Considered to be the strongest man in Gaza, even though he did not direct either the political nor the armed branch of Hamas, he was, until his election, the link which connected these two branches.
This senior leader, who helped establish the Al-Qassam Brigades, supervised the establishment of his intelligence unit, “Majd”, which acted against collaborators and restored security in the Gaza Strip.
Courage, patriotism, modesty, and unfailing determination, all these qualities give this man a spotless reputation within the resistance. But Sinwar forces his respect even into the ranks of the enemy. Indeed, the pro-Zionist site “times of Israel” states that “Israeli security officials who met Sinwar more than once, describe him as an impressive and cordial man, but one who did not hesitate to use armed action”, adding that “he was willing to remain in prison in order to force the release of more Palestinian prisoners”.
It is for these reasons that Sinwar’s election has aroused great concern amongst the Zionist criminal entity who are aware that the resistance is moving into a new era.
Indeed, this change at the head of the Hamas political bureau in Gaza probably marks the end of the “Meshaal” period; named after the movement’s leader who is characterized by diplomacy and political compromises.
The current head of Hamas, rejects any political concession to the occupier and advocates armed struggle as the only possible solution to end the occupation.
Moreover, this election will certainly favor the link of Hamas with the “axis of resistance”, notably Iran and Hezbollah. It is known that the “Anti-Bashar” (and therefore pro-American) position of the political branch of the Palestinian movement in the Syrian conflict had misconstrued the links of the political leadership with the Islamic Republic and the Lebanese Resistance. However, the military branch of Hamas continued to express its loyalty and its gratitude towards the axis of resistance; conscious of the importance of the axis in its fight against the occupant.
At the same time, on the external front, it would appear that there is also an advancement in the relations between Hamas and Egypt; a movement towards a political-economic agreement.
For example, a delegation of Hamas, headed by Ismaïl Haniyeh, the vice-president of the movement’s political bureau, visited Cairo at the end of January for several days, meeting with Egyptian officials, including intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi . A few days later, a high-level Hamas security delegation, including representatives of the Ezzedine el-Qassam Brigades, moved back to Cairo.
According to Israeli sources who follow this very closely, the subjects discussed during these meetings included:
“The organization of the procedure for opening the Rafah crossing, the strengthening of trade between Cairo and Gaza, the cessation of the twisted media campaign, and the Egyptian mediation between Hamas and Israel on the one hand, and between Hamas and Fatah on the other”.
Thus, it would seem that Hamas is about to make a strategic shift, both externally and internally.
The Anti-Zionist Party is closely monitoring the situation in occupied Palestine in light of all these changes.
Indeed, the election of Yahya Sinwar, a figure of resistance, certainly opens a new phase in which Hamas will give priority to both the armed struggle and politics. This could lead to a dramatic increase in hostilities against the occupation in the coming weeks.
It seems that after promoting a political solution, members of the resistance realized that armed struggle was the only option when dealing with the criminal regime in Tel Aviv.
Nevertheless, the Anti-Zionist Party stands in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance, whichever form this legitimate and heroic struggle takes.
Anti-Zionist Party President