Hamas & Syrian Regime Restore Relations

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
 
Political Observation - Hamas & Syrian Regime Restore Relations
 
In a move that evoked criticism from its staunchest supporters, the Hamas Movement announced on Thursday 15 September that it was forging ahead with “building and developing solid relations” with the criminal Syrian regime, after nearly 11 years of "estrangement". In a statement that included cajoling and an apology to the butcher Bashar, the movement expressed its "appreciation of the Syrian Arab Republic, leadership and people, for its role in standing by the Palestinian people and their just cause," adding that it had officially decided to resume relations with Damascus.
 
Hamas' statement came following a visit by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to Moscow at the head of a delegation which included his deputy and two members of the movement's top leadership, under the pretext of "developing the relationship with Russia" and generating a positive equilibrium for the Russian role in favour of the Palestinian cause.
 
In fact, the restoration of relations between "Hamas" and the Syrian regime was not surprising given the current alignments in the region, including the Turkish leadership's move towards reconciliation and rapprochement with Syria and  resuming normal relations with "Israel", and given the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the Syrian regime through Jordan and Egypt in preparation for readmitting Syria to the League of Arab States. This is  in addition to the Qatari sponsorship, which represents the Hamas movement’s American channel,  and which has been working towards integrating Hamas into the regional solution; and this is in addition to the latter’s relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, whose Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah revealed in 2020 an ongoing mediation to restore the relationship between Hamas and the Syrian regime and heralded its imminent resumption.
 
However, the new development in this issue is the convergence of US-Russian interests regarding this reconciliation and the return of relations between Hamas and the Syrian regime. It is no secret that the major decisions of Hamas, such as visiting Russia and responding to it and Iran regarding reconciliation with the Syrian regime, must pass an American green light through the movement’s sponsors in Qatar, in light of the isolation imposed by the United States on Moscow, , and in the context of the United States’ efforts to rehabilitate the Syrian regime regardless of its position on Bashar, who is looking to restore his control over most of the Syrian soil, including the Kurdish areas in the north, with an Iranian-Turkish-Russian understanding, and regardless of its position on the Iranian regime, which has gone too far in its stubbornness regarding its outstanding files with America.
 
Despite this, Hamas’ reconciliation with the criminal Syrian regime provides it with support from Hamas supporters inside Syria and the regional neighbourhood, and Hamas’s intention to proceed in the regional solution will provide the Syrian regime with justifications to get rid of its previous slogans against the Zionist entity and engage in a regional solution in the future, which represents an American interest, irrespective of whether Bashar remains president or is deposed and replaced by another puppet.
 
Therefore, the endeavour to restore relations between the Assad regime and Hamas is proceeding according to the plan for a regional solution sponsored by the United States, which Joe Biden disclosed in an article in the Washington Post two days before his visit to the region last July, under the title “Why I’m going to Saudi Arabia”. Describing his visit to the region as being in the Americans' interest, he said, " A more secure and integrated Middle East benefits Americans in many ways. Its waterways are essential to global trade and the supply chains we rely on. Its energy resources are vital for mitigating the impact on global supplies of Russia’s war in Ukraine. And a region that’s coming together through diplomacy and cooperation — rather than coming apart through conflict — is less likely to give rise to violent extremism that threatens our homeland or new wars that could place new burdens on U.S. military forces and their families.”  
 
As for Russia, it is in its interest to possess bargaining chips, pressure, and attempt to influence the relevant parties in the Palestine issue, and the attempt to provide propaganda for the Syrian regime, in addition to investing in Hamas to improve the image of Russia in front of Islamic public opinion and Muslim races within the Russian Federation in light of Putin's need for soldiers from Russia's Muslims in the war on Ukraine to avoid the indignation of the Slavic race that grumbled about Putin's partial mobilisation declaration, and in consideration of the Russian tension with the Zionist entity regarding the standpoint on the Russian-Ukrainian war. At this level, the US-Russian interest converges with the restoration of relations between Hamas and the Syrian regime.
 
It is noteworthy that the United States opened the way for Hamas towards the Arab countries after the Battle of the Sword of al-Quds, in which the Biden administration colluded to overthrow Netanyahu and portray the movement as a victor, presenting it as a representative of the will of the people of Palestine.  Ismail Haniyeh was welcomed in Algeria and placed in the first row with other leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, who is still complicit in Hamas’s hijacking of the limelight from the rest of the factions and its appearance as the strongest representative of the “Palestinian people,” in preparation for its inclusion in the final and lasting solutions. This also includes Ismail Haniyeh’s visit to Lebanon and his appearance at the wake of the defunct Sultan of Oman, and his efforts to calm the atmosphere with Arab countries such as Egypt and Jordan, and distance the movement from the Muslim Brotherhood after their role declined due to the “counter-revolutions” under the pretext of restoring consideration to the “Palestinian cause.”
 
The pragmatic approaches of the Hamas leadership reveal beyond a reasonable doubt and justification the regional and international understandings about the position of the regional solution, and its willingness to engage in it, especially after Khaled Meshaal announced the “General Principles and Policies” document in 2017. Its position became clearer in its spineless stance during the recent aggression on Gaza and the targeting of the Islamic Jihad movement.
 
Its complicity in the regional solution has appeared through its reliance on political support from Qatar and military support from Iran, and through its decision to mend fences with the Syrian regime, and its fluctuating positions, in total disregard of its religion and the will of the Ummah and the people of Palestine, its popular bases and supporters and even its loyal cadres. Its complicity was further illustrated through the changing of its charter and accepting the two-state solution under false pretences, and its quest to join the treacherous Palestine Liberation Organisation and to take it as a cover for deception, negligence and concession, knowing that the sons of the Ummah, including the Hamas cadres, are aware that the liberation of Palestine will not be in alliance with the agents in Syria and the killers in Tehran, but rather on the ruins of these treacherous regimes, especially the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, the scion of treason, who killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Syria, who are no different from the people of Palestine, and destroyed the Palestinian camps since the beginning of its war on the people of Syria, displaced their inhabitants, killing more than 4,000 Palestinians since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, and still detains more than 2,400 Palestinian old men, women and children in his slaughterhouses, as well as millions of displaced Syrians in refugee camps. The balance in favour of the Palestine issue will not occur by relying on Russia, which informed Hamas and Bashar the criminal that it did not come to Syria to fight "Israel", and that Hamas must accept the resolutions of international legitimacy and fall under the umbrella of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Hamas must take heed of the saying of Allah the Almighty, “And do not incline to those who do wrong, lest the Fire touch you.” [Hud-113]
 
For all of this, we advise the Hamas movement to correct its compass according to its religion, to return to its senses and to abandon the treacherous regional solution, and not to sell the honour of the Ummah in the market for submissive solutions, and thus squandering the sacrifices of the millions who have rejected the existence of the usurping entity and fiercely stood up to it, to the point where the criminal regime continues to lack security three quarters of a century after its rise. We also advise the loyal members of the movement, especially those in the military wing, to stand united in the face of a regional solution, no matter how much hardship they incur, and to take the political leaders to task, so that they do not harness the sacrifices of Muslims to regain Palestine for the benefit of the parties to the regional solution and of entrenching the Zionist entity.
 
We also direct our call to the Islamic Ummah to remain vigilant and wary of the solutions proposed by America, and in which the countries of the region are proceeding and want the Hamas movement to follow suit. The sacrifices of the Hamas movement should not blind us from the bitter reality, which, if turned into reality, Allah forbid, Palestine will then be lost, and so will the sacred precincts, and the resistance fighter will turn into a guard for the security of the usurping entity, as was the case with the PLO, which signed the agreement that turned it into a guard in Oslo.  
 
“And Allah always prevails in whatever be His purpose: but most people know it not.” [Yusuf-21]
 
1 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1444h                                                      hizbuttahrir.org
27 September 2022