Global Next Research Group and Leadership Institute
Sderot Media Center
30 November 09
In October of 2009, I had the opportunity to sit down with Talal Nasser, a senior Hamas official in the Hamas office in Damascus, Syria. Hamas is designated by the West as a terrorist organization and is viewed as a resistance movement in the Arab world. The most recent and significant clash with Israel occurred in the winter of 2008- 2009 and was called Operation Cast Lead by the Israelis and was known as the Gaza massacre in the Arab world. The following is an interview that attempts to shed light on the purposes, philosophy and goals of Hamas as a political and military organization.
What is your role in Hamas?
Is your life in danger from the Israelis?
What is the strength of Hamas after the latest war with Israel that ended in January 2009?
Our popularity is growing - as a movement because of the martyrs who gave their lives for this cause.
Hamas showed a good example for a resistance movement - in how they handled everything from their vision to distributing food to those in need during the war According to a Swedish NGO, Hamas's popularity is now at 82.2% within the Palestinian West Bank.
How many people were killed in Gaza, including civilians?
Do you believe that you have impacted Israel's position in what you consider to be occupied territory? Has significant pain been inflicted upon Israel?
So what did we did in the Gaza war was create the situation where even our enemies would have to respect us.