Hamas tells different audiences what they want to hear

There’s an old Yiddish saying about being like a person who wants to dance at two weddings at the same time……

From Palestinian Media Watch

In its attempt to gain international legitimacy, Hamas is presenting a conciliatory face to the Western media, while rejecting peace to its own people in Arabic, and even denying that the conciliatory statements were made.

In the latest example, Hamas Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyah told CBS on March 16 that he hoped to some day sign a peace agreement with Israel. A Hamas member of Parliament immediately told the Palestinian Authority media that the CBS report was “unfounded,” and part of a “crazy campaign which aims at embarrassing and confusing the Palestinians and undermining the trust of the masses in Hamas.” [Al Hayat Al Jadida, March 19, 2006]

Haniyah was interviewed on CBS news and said, among other things, that he was “seeking a peace settlement and stability in this region,” “looking forward to peace and tranquility in this region,” and “seeking American administration to create this missing peace.” [www.cbsnews.com]

Hamas Denies statements were made:

A Hamas MP, speaking in Arabic to a PA newspaper, immediately denied these statements as lies, and part of a conspiracy of the US media to damage the true image of the Hamas:

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