It looks like Hamas is more concerned about political power than Allah!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/4776578.stm Hamas spurns al-Qaeda's war call
Hamas has dismissed a message by al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri urging the Palestinian militant group never to make peace with Israel.
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal said the movement had "its own vision" and did not need Al Qaeda's advice.
He was responding to a video statement in which Zawahiri called on Hamas - which won last month's Palestinian election - to continue to fight Israel.
Mr Meshaal was speaking after talks with Russian officials in Moscow.
Hamas is seeking international legitimacy, as it tries to form a Palestinian administration.
Zawahiri's video message was broadcast by al-Jazeera TV on Sunday. Dressed in a black turban and white robe, al-Qaeda's deputy leader accused the outgoing Palestinian administration of betrayal.
"The seculars in the Palestinian Authority have sold out Palestine for crumbs... Giving them legitimacy is against Islam," he said.
Zawahiri urged Hamas to "continue the armed struggle" and reject agreements signed between its predecessors in government and Israel, describing them as "surrender accords".
He called on Muslims in "Palestine, Iraq and everywhere else... [to] be wary of the new American game entitled the 'political process'", alluding to recent elections.
Reacting to Zawahiri's video message, Mr Meshaal said:
"The movement always acts in the interests of the Palestinian people, and makes any changes to its strategy only after careful deliberation."Chief Hamas legislator Mahmoud al-Zahhar denied his movement had "walked into a US trap" by participating in the Palestinian elections.
"Entering these institutions does not mean that we will be a carbon copy of other factions," he told al-Jazeera.
Hamas - which does not recognise Israel's right to exist but is under intense international pressure to do so - refused to change its position during the Moscow talks.
"If Israel is willing to recognise Palestinian rights and a completely independent Palestinian state, then we will be ready to announce our position," Hamas delegate Mohammed Nazzal told AFP news agency.
He added: "If you want Hamas to change its policy, you must also ask the Israelis to change theirs."
On Sunday - the last day of the Moscow talks - acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Russian President Vladimir Putin that contacts with Hamas were a "mistake".
In a phone call to President Putin, Mr Olmert said such contacts "would only encourage the organisation not to make the changes that the international community is demanding of it," Mr Olmert's office said.
It also said Mr Putin had assured Israel that Russia would not take any step against its interests or security.
Meanwhile legislators from the Fatah movement - which controlled the Palestinian Authority until its defeat in last month's election - urged their group to reject an invitation by Hamas to join a new administration.
They cited Hamas' rejection of the Middle East peace process as a reason for staying away.Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2006/03/05 18:05:13 GMT