Co-founder of Hamas and Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"We consider the Israelis our enemy. We will not allow anybody from Hamas to establish a dialogue or working relationship with them. We want to help others to cut their relations with them in the security level and other levels whether in industry or economy...
There is no peace with people who killed our people, occupied our lands and destroyed our homes. How can we reach a peace process with them? We can speak about hudna (truce), long-term ceasefire.
Peace depends on the restoration of our usurped rights. That means the restoration of all the lands occupied since 1948. How can we accept Israel as a legal existence while it occupies our land? We can reach a ceasefire with anybody, but peace with Israel is impossible."
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Leader of the Hamas majority faction in the Palestinian Legislature, 2006
Israeli airstrike destroyed his home and killed his son, 2003
Deported to southern Lebanaon by Israeli government, 1992
Hamas' unofficial representative to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1990
After Sheikh Yassin's arrest, he assumed a top leadership role in Hamas, 1989
Co-founder of Hamas, 1987
Co-founder of the Islamic University in Gaza, 1978