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Meshaal: An active, popular Palestinian leadership would end divisions

Exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017 [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]

The Palestinian leadership "does not have vision and doesn't not own its decisions", the head of Hamas in the diaspora Khaled Meshaal said yesterday, while outlining three proposals to end the crises experienced by Palestinians.

Palestinians, he explained, suffer from three major crises: "Leadership crisis, absences of resistance action and the internal division."

"We have great resistance in Gaza that fought four wars and … made us proud as Palestinians," he said, highlighting that similar resistance efforts must be revived in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Palestinian resistance pushed Ariel Sharon to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and continuous resistance "would have pushed the occupation to withdraw from the occupied West Bank," he said.

International Palestinian division, he explained, has been a continuous issue which Palestinians face, "but if there was an active leadership that has popular support, it would have ended this division."

Meshaal suggested the formation of a Palestinian leadership with a real and applicable political programme based on "Palestinian agreement and real action" and the establishment of a political and armed resistance across all the Palestinian territories in order to pressure the occupation.

"This is the only way for the liberation and the only way to regain rights, Jerusalem and all Palestinian lands."

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