Ismail Haniya prepares plan to topple normalization with Israel
Head of Hamas' political bureau, Ismail Haniya, called for "a comprehensive plan to defeat the normalization that has taken the form of military and security alliances with some Arab countries."
Haniya made the remarks on Thursday at the opening session of the 12th conference on al-Quds (Jerusalem) titled "The Vanguards of al-Quds Hold its Sword," which drew 400 officials, lawmakers, and activists from 40 countries.
"Normalization will increase the weakness of these [Arab normalizing] governments and won't increase the enemy's strength," reported Haniya.
"We must not allow normalization to spread in the body of our Ummah."
Haniya added that there are "three important changes that surround us at the level of the [Palestinian] cause, the region, and the Ummah, and I think they are present in this conference, and we read them positively as important developments for our cause and our Ummah."
The first is the outcomes of the "al-Quds Sword operation," he stated, with reference to fighting between Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza with Israel in May this year. Gaza responded to calls to protect al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The second is represented in the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in August, which weakens the US' allies in the region topped by Israel.
The third is the Istanbul conference because it confronts Israeli attempts to break Arab and Islamic nations.
Haniya reported, based on the three changes, there are three priorities for the Palestinian cause: To raise the status of al-Quds and keep it at the forefront of the Palestinian cause. Second, to support Palestinian resistance as a strategic option for the Palestinian cause. The third priority that Haniya outlined is to down efforts of normalization with Israel.
After former US President Donald Trump's administration brokered normalization deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, in addition to the existing ties with Egypt and Jordan, Israel secured diplomatic ties with six Arab countries in 2020.