'We Would Do It Again': Hamas Representative in Lebanon Defends October 7 Attack

Chris Menahan
Jun. 20, 2024

Ahmad Abd Al-Hadi, Hamas's representative in Lebanon, said last week that if Hamas could go back in time they would carry out the October 7 attack again, according to the Israeli intelligence-linked outlet MEMRI.

Al-Hadi made the comments "in an interview with Annahar Newspaper (Lebanon), which was uploaded to its YouTube channel on June 14, 2024," MEMRI added.

MEMRI has mistranslated statements for propaganda purposes in the past but I don't see how this makes Israel look good.

Hamas representative in Lebanon Ahmad Abd Al-Hadi said that if Hamas could go back in time, it would still carry out the October 7 attack on Israel, because it would still be justified.

Interviewer: "If we could go back in time to October 7... "

Ahmad Abd Al-Hadi: "We would do it again!"

Interviewer: "You would do it again... That was the question I was about to ask."

Al-Hadi: "I know this is the question, because this is a central question. Why am I saying that we would do it again? Because what made us do it is very important and strategic. It is not something that we could remain silent about. We have said this time and again. The Palestinian cause was about to be eliminated. In line with the American enterprise in the region, the occupation was being assimilated into the region. By means of normalization of relations, at the expense of Palestinian rights.

"That's not all. They saw the resistance in Gaza, and according to our information, they planned to launch a preemptive strike against it, so that it would not interfere with these plans of theirs, and in particular the plans that are connected to Gaza: the Ben Gurion canal project, the Haifa port north of Gaza, through which the India corridor is meant to pass... Could the India corridor pass through Haifa port while Hamas is in Gaza? The Ben Gurion canal was meant to pass through the middle of Gaza. And Eilat... the NEOM project is just south of Palestine, in Saudi Arabia...

"So something was about to happen, and we wanted to turn the tables on them, in order to say to them: Palestine is here to stay. So if we could go back in time, we would do it again, because the justifications still exist."
The Palestinians were completely isolated from their Arab neighbors during the Trump-Kushner administration through everything from moving the US embassy to Jerusalem to the Abraham Accords and the annexation of the Golan Heights.

October 7 was Hamas's "Hail Mary" play to fight back and -- likely due to Israel's wildly disproportionate response -- appears to have succeeded beyond their wildest imagination.

The Arab world went from completely abandoning the Palestinians in exchange for bribes from the US to rallying behind the Palestinians and Russia and China both followed.

Israel, on the other hand, is becoming a pariah state and has lost public support throughout the world and in America.

Israel has failed to eliminate Hamas and rescue all their hostages -- the two main stated goals of their war -- and isn't even succeeding in ethnically cleansing Gaza despite damaging or destroying 55% of Gaza's buildings.

Israel is now planning to launch a new war with Lebanon which the US is already warning they're likely going to also lose.

There is no way to spin this as anything but a total defeat.

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