Meshaal admits to major mistakes in Hamas governance

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Published Thursday, October 11, 2012

Outgoing Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal said his party has committed some major mistakes in governing Gaza in an address to Islamist leaders this week, Saudi-owned daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat reported.

Hamas tried “to combine resistance and governance,” but largely failed; it “should not be taken as a model unless it is to learn a lesson,” Meshaal told a conference on Islamism and democratic rule in the Qatari capital Doha Monday.

“One cannot judge Hamas's experience, because it is a national liberation movement and not just an Islamic movement,” he said.

Meshaal announced last month that he would soon step down from the party's leadership.

He added that Hamas participated in the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, which ultimately fractured Palestinian society into two statelets, because it wanted to reverse the damage caused by the 1993 Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“There is a difference between the position of opposition and governance; between imagining and theorizing and actually surviving and suffering,” he lamented.

“There is a difference between the critic and the implementer. Islamists must admit that ruling is more difficult than they had imagined.”

(Al-Akhbar)

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