Israeli Party Leader: Hamas Is a Strategic Asset

Bezalel Smotrich, leader of Israel’s Religious Zionist Party:

“The P.A. is a liability and Hamas is an asset. On the international playing field, in this game of the delegitimization think about for a second, the P.A. is a liability and Hamas is an asset. It’s a terrorist organization. Nobody will recognize it, nobody will give it status at the ICC and nobody will let them push resolutions at the UN and they’ll need an American veto or we won’t need one.

“I’m not sure at all that given the current situation given the current facts that the central playing field we’re playing in is international there Abu Mazen (Abbas) is costing us serious casualties and Hamas in such a situation would be an asset. I don’t think we need to be afraid of that [Hamas taking over].”

Translation by Kalmen Barkin from this video.


  1. Waldorf says

    On the other hand, the PA are increasingly tarnished in Palestinian eyes as collaborators, while Hamas is seen as resistance. The terrorist label is a problem but is not an insoluble one – after all, Mandela and the ANC were terrorists in the eyes of the South African authorities and those sympathetic to them but this eventually lost its potency.
    It could also be argued Israel was founded by terrorist organisations like Irgun and LEHI.

  2. Ronnie says

    The reality of this planet is as appealing as a twisted and knotted colon.
    The desperate need to fart, is all you can think about.
    its only what I’ve heard.

  3. yuri says

    hamas has little appeal in Gaza today; IJ has increased in popularity, Hamas declined due to their ubiquitous corruption. Hamas/IJ are absent in West Bank and hamas murdered vast numbers of PA in Gaza. their disunity has been an asset for Israel

  4. Whirling says

    What misleading headline……

  5. Eddy says

    I beg to differ. It is NOT the responsibility of China or Russia to step in and do the heavy lifting in Palestine, that the Muslim people’s of the World, should be doing. Ask yourself, How many Muslim nations there are on this planet, then ask yourself, “why are none of these nations banding together to aid their very own brothers and sisters “? IF, their religion is as they claim it is supposed to be, doesn’t that OBLIGE them to aid them ? Why the silence from these nations ??????????? They should hang their heads in shame.

  6. Juan says

    Two state is not a solution, and facts on the ground make it more and more improbable each day. If Israel is “the only democracy in the ME” why not stop treating all people under its control as beasts without rights and give everyone equal civil and economic rights, not to mention basic human rights? What do they fear? I’m not even talking about restitution of goods and assets looted from civilians during the 1948 and 1967 wars…

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