Hamas appears to be divided over the question of whether it should attack Israeli and Jewish targets around the world to avenge the killing of its top operative.
Some Hamas officials warned that “exporting” the fight against Israel to the international arena would jeopardize the movement’s efforts to seek recognition by the West.
A Hamas representative in the West Bank urged his movement to abide by its long-standing policy of refraining from attacking Israeli and Jewish targets outside the Palestinian territories and Israel.
He predicted that despite the threats, Hamas would not “change the rules of the game” by carrying out terrorist attacks abroad.
Hamas’s “foreign minister,” Osama Hamdan, hinted that his movement has no intention to launch terrorist attacks on Israelis and Jews around the world. “Hamas won’t be dragged to the square where the Israelis want to take us,” he said.