Hamas chief: Hey, we’re not as bad as those ISIS nutcases

posted at 5:31 pm on August 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

In the parlance of ESPN … come on, man. That’s not the only spit-take claim made by Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas currently holed up in his cushy digs in Qatar, during this interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff. Hamas doesn’t target civilians like ISIS does, Mashaal claims, although Isikoff starts off the interview challenging that claim right off the bat. “You are firing rockets at Israeli cities, like Tel Aviv, at Haifa, at Beersheba,” Isikoff points out. “Who are you aiming for?”

Mashaal blames the crude nature of their weapons, and then begs the world for more precise artillery so that they can aim at strictly military targets. No, seriously.

Come on, man:

Mashaal also admitted that Hamas abducted and killed the three Israeli teens that sparked the latest war in Gaza, but claims that the crimes were committed by low-level operatives without the knowledge of Hamas command:

Meshaal acknowledged for the first time that Hamas members — but not the group’s political leadership — were behind the slaying of three Israeli settlers on the West Bank in June. But he defended the murders as a legitimate action against Israeli “illegal” occupation.

“We were not aware of this action taken by this group of Hamas members in advance,” he said. “But we understand people are frustrated under the occupation and the oppression, and they take all kinds of action.”

When asked directly whether Hamas members carried out the abduction of the Israeli teens, Meshaal said: “We learned about these confessions from the Israeli investigation … Hamas political leadership was not aware of all these details. We learned about it later on …

“Our view is that soldiers and settlers on the West Bank are aggressors, and they are illegally living in this occupied and stolen land. And the right to resist is the right of Palestinians.”

And of course, Mashaal says if you want to compare anyone to ISIS, you obviously should consider the Joooooooos:

“This is an opportunity for me to say we are against the killing of any civilians, any journalists,” Meshaal said in the interview. But he then turned the accusation against Israel. “The question is who is killing the civilians,” he said, asserting that more than 15 journalists have been killed during the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Meanwhile, Egypt has called for all parties to return to Cairo to consider an “open-ended” cease fire in Gaza:

Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Hamas to return to indirect talks after seven weeks of fighting punctuated by a number of failed truce attempts.

The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo. Egyptian officials did not say how they expected renewed talks to produce a different outcome after repeated failures.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev had no immediate comment. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Gaza’s ruling Hamas, said the group would consider the Egyptian appeal, but there was no sign it would budge from longstanding demands.

Hamas wants Abbas to file charges against Israel for war crimes, which would be a rather ironic allegation:

Meanwhile, senior Hamas officials said the group has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court.

Such written consent increases already strong domestic pressure on Abbas to take such a step. Palestinian acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction could expose Israel — as well as Hamas — to war crimes investigations.

Israel already endures that scrutiny from the UN’s Human Rights Council, which has been obsessed with Israel while ignoring the real and significant abuses of the council’s own membership. They ignore lots of other regimes in their single-minded focus on the one liberal democracy in the region, such as Saudi Arabia, which just executed 19 people in 17 days, all by beheading. Of course, it helps when you have a seat on the council:

Saudi Arabia, a member of the UN Human Rights Council, has beheaded 19 people since August 4, reported the Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Out of the 19 people who were beheaded, eight where convicted of non-violent offences, seven for drug smuggling, while one was charged with sorcery.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division said: “Any execution is appalling, but executions for crimes such as drug smuggling or sorcery that result in no loss of life are particularly egregious. There is simply no excuse for Saudi Arabia’s continued use of the death penalty, especially for these types of crimes.

“The current surge in executions in Saudi Arabia is yet another dark stain on the kingdom’s human rights record.”

So good luck with that effort, and good luck in getting the world to hand over more precise and powerful weaponry to a terrorist organization whose charter commits it to genocide against the Israelis. The world has begun to notice that Hamas and ISIS have a lot more in common than Mashaal wants to admit.


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Rocket-free for over an hour!

notropis on August 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

And the reason the CIA hasn’t special-delivery’d an explosive goat to this guy is… what again?

Jedditelol on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

What happened to the tip line?

Reuters, Angent France Presse, and Getty Images are using faked photos from Gaza.

They’re as fraudulent as Hamas’s declaration that they don’t kill civilians.

Fake photos covering fake freedom fighters and documenting fake war crimes committed by Israel.

Took me ten minutes to expose those photos as composites. Don’t tell me Reuters didn’t know.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And in other breaking news, Hamas spokesman lies.

rbj on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

So Hamas is denouncing those Muslims who follow the commands and examples of Mohammed, all Muslim’s “Perfect Man”? If they really mean ,they are apostates and Mohammad would have them beheaded.

VorDaj on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

To bad the Israeli’s didn’t have his coordinates when he was spouting.

Jackson on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Angent = AGENT.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Mashaal also admitted that Hamas abducted and killed the three Israeli teens that sparked the latest war in Gaza, but claims that the crimes were committed by low-level operatives without the knowledge of Hamas command:

Rogue operatives working out of the Cincinnati office?

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Heh.

notropis on August 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Rogue operatives working out of the Cincinnati office?

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Hamas conducted a thorough investigation and found not a smidgen of corruption. They produced a complete report proving this but their hard drive crashed so the report has been lost.

VorDaj on August 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Hamas Executes 18 “Israeli Informants,” Drags Men Through Streets

Weird timing, huh?

Fallon on August 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Mashaal blames the crude nature of their weapons, and then begs the world for more precise artillery so that they can aim at strictly military targets. No, seriously.

Hamas,…Hamas,.. nope, not in the US atlas.

WryTrvllr on August 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The world has begun to notice that Hamas and ISIS have a lot more in common than Mashaal wants to admit.

They may want to notice that Islam and the most Middle East countries have a lot more in common. Duh!!!

Walter L. Newton on August 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Hey, Khaled, show me one Islamic nation where the people are happy, prosperous, and free. … Yea, that’s what I thought.

Whitey Ford on August 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I believe John Wayne Gacy said the same thing, “Hey I’m not as bad as that Nut Job, Ted Bundy.”

JFKY on August 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Meanwhile, Egypt has called for all parties to return to Cairo to consider an “open-ended” cease fire in Gaza:

Egypt looking to stay relevant. They have a vested interest since they abut the conflict and are criticized for not being more humane in opening their borders.

Egypt’s call emphasizes exactly what is wrong with the Obama administration’s foreign policy. No actor in the region is able to resolve the problems. Past American administrations were able to smooth over these situations. Obama wants Israel destroyed and that is his policy.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

When did George Clooney become head of Hamas?

bgibbs1000 on August 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

A muslim terrorist is a muslim terrorist is a muslim terrorsist is a muslim terrorist …

Pork-Chop on August 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Hamas chief: Hey, we’re not as bad as those ISIS nutcases

The soft bigotry of low expectations.

Stoic Patriot on August 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

When did George Clooney become head of Hamas?

bgibbs1000 on August 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Back around 2005.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

but claims that the crimes were committed by low-level operatives without the knowledge of Hamas command:

What a coincidence. We had the same thing happen in Cincinnati a few years ago.

And for clarification, no Jew can be considered a civilian. Its in the Constitution.

BobMbx on August 23, 2014 at 5:58 PM

ISIS may have set a new low-bar, but you need to be killed none the less.

We shouldn’t play Overton window in this regard.

wolly4321 on August 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

jimbo56 to check in to agree with this dude in 3…2…1…

Del Dolemonte on August 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Fallon on August 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Exactly! More low level guys getting uppity?

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Come on. You aren’t going to believe that liar, are you?

Warner Todd Huston on August 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Not unlike the Japanese officer running Chengi or Cabanatuan saying, “Hey, it’s not like we’re Auschwitz or something”.

formwiz on August 23, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Bullsqueeze.

Midas on August 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM

….unless they are Jews.

unclesmrgol on August 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Mashaal blames the crude nature of their weapons, and then begs the world for more precise artillery so that they can aim at strictly military targets. No, seriously.

Sounds reasonable…to John Kerry and Barack Obama.

AUINSC on August 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

“This is an opportunity for me to say we are against the killing of any civilians, any journalists.”

“Which means we really hope our indiscriminately fired rockets don’t hurt anyone.”

Meremortal on August 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Why is that guy still alive?

georgealbert on August 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

This guy lies as much as our president does. That must have stung when he heard that they were compared to Isis.

garydt on August 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Out of the 19 people who were beheaded, eight where convicted of non-violent offences, seven for drug smuggling, while one was charged with sorcery.

Once again…America needs to kick Saudi Arabia to the curb. There is nothing good that will come out of this relationship anymore…

William Eaton on August 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

4 year old Israeli boys aren’t civilians according this guy.

vityas on August 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I like the snazzy suit and hair cut. Does Hamas have a PR flak? She’s doing well.

PattyJ on August 23, 2014 at 7:24 PM

This is an opportunity for me to say we are against the killing of any civilians, any journalists.

Except those Jewish civilians we manage to tag with our rockets of course.

Diluculo on August 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

What happened to the tip line?

A Chair of Some Kind on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

.
Hot Gas claims, on its “About” page, that it still exists as mailto:tips@hotair.com

ExpressoBold on August 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Hamas, the humane genocidal alternative.

Kenosha Kid on August 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Is this the fox talking to the hens? GMAFB

mixplix on August 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Hamas chief: Hey, we’re not as bad as those ISIS nutcases

So full of it.

Thinking about those three Israeli teens, I started thinking of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. No justice there, and that was in the good ol’ US of A. And not really all that long ago, either.

Then there was the Palestinian teen burned to death by Israelis.

People just plain suck.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

And the reason the CIA hasn’t special-delivery’d an explosive goat to this guy is… what again?

Jedditelol on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Why is that guy still alive?

georgealbert on August 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Average Gazan Makes $2,900 Per Year – While Hamas Leader Is Billionaire… In Qatar

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

What happened to the tip line?

Reuters, Angent France Presse, and Getty Images are using faked photos from Gaza.

They’re as fraudulent as Hamas’s declaration that they don’t kill civilians.

Fake photos covering fake freedom fighters and documenting fake war crimes committed by Israel.

Took me ten minutes to expose those photos as composites. Don’t tell me Reuters didn’t know.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

It’s Pallywood all the way down.

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM

ISIS are a bunch of woosies if the let this guy get away with dissing them like that.

Buddahpundit on August 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

So, Clooney’s evil twin Skippy claims that they are “targeted” mass murderers, as opposed to “random” ones.

Right. That’s like saying a Dalek (“EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINAAAATTE!“) is somehow more moral than Sutekh (“Where I Walk, Nothing Lives”).

Which is which I leave you to decide.

To me, they all might as well be bugging their eyes out, waving their AKs in the air, and screaming “KILL EVERYBODY, OOB!!”

That would make about as much sense as their regular line of rhetoric.

The thing is, they actually believe what they’re saying.

For that reason, I think we should send Hamas and ISIS “more sophisticated” weapons.

Preferably tactical, preferably nuclear, and ideally delivered from our boomers.

With “No Deposit, No Return” neatly stenciled on each one.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

“This is an opportunity for me to say we are against the killing of any civilians, any journalists … The question is : … who is killing the civilians?”
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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal during interview by Michael Isikoff posted at @news.yahoo.com on August 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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It’s easy to understand why he would be against killing journalists . . . . . HAMAS NEEDS FOREIGN JOURNALISTS !

Journalists have effectively been the best weapon Hamas has used against Israel.

But he’s lacking quite a bit of credibility, on that whole “against killing civilians” thing.

listens2glenn on August 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Preferably tactical, preferably nuclear, and ideally delivered from our boomers.

With “No Deposit, No Return” neatly stenciled on each one.

eon on August 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

We spent billions on building those weapons because either (or both) the Warsaw Pact and the People’s Liberation Army wanted to come over here (not really sure in what) and destroy our way of life and enslave us…make us pay taxes for their personal enrichment and take away gun rights and the like…but I see these weapons meant for Soviet tank and motorized rifle division columns streaming through the Fulda Gap have been re-purposed over the years.

…like against Jihadis hiding in rugged mountain terrain. And probably the same kill ratio that we got on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. And probably just as successful in the long run.

So, yeah, sure…why not. The stuff’s just sitting around. Of course, it’s not really paid for yet and the fuel for the planes certainly isn’t, but, what the hell…our kids can pay for it all…if they have jobs that is.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

The rancid mainstream media is attempting to victimize Hamas and force Israel into a cessation of hostilities. Israel must not give in the this crap.

rplat on August 24, 2014 at 4:45 AM

Not as bad on an up front and close personal nature, except for the commandos sent out in tunnels to kidnap and kill teenagers and women, but cowards who use babies as shields during attacks. Is that about it, dipweed.

Kissmygrits on August 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

“……..we are against the killing of any civilians, any journalist,”. However, all “settlers” are non civilians, all jews are “settlers” therefore, all jews are legitimate targets. This would include, girls of all ages armed or unarmed, male students of all ages armed or unarmed, women of all ages arm or unarmed, men of all ages arm or un armed, some of whom my be working as journalist. That is our policy. Any questions?

TheNakedEye on August 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I will celebrate when the Israelis give this terrorist POS a dirt nap. Hamas is terrorist scum. They whine like little bitches, then turn around and deliberately kill women and children, which the UN endorses.

mcgilvra on August 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Spoken like a man in Mossad’s crosshairs.

RebeccaH on August 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Yeah Hamas are a bunch sweetie pies!

MCGIRV on August 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Once again…America needs to kick Saudi Arabia to the curb. There is nothing good that will come out of this relationship anymore…

William Eaton on August 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I agree to a certain extent. What WE need is to elect leadership that will not ‘Obowmao’ to the House of Saud.
AND
A government that will get off the back of the energy developers … ALL of them and STOP the tax shell game promoting Solar and Wind. When they mature to the level of competitive … they will survive and prosper.

Rules of the Modern Battlefield:
If you (Hamas) are observable you will be seen.
If you (Hamas leadership) are seen, you will be TARGETED.
If you are targeted …
you get the idea —

Bet Reggie Love has this guy on Speed Dial.

Missilengr on August 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM