It's so refreshing when Hamas leaders drop the mask and come right out in no uncertain terms and proclaim their true intentions regarding the state of Israel.
Not that western elites care very much. They're not stupid. They know full well that the goal of Hamas is the destruction of Israel. They pretend they don't notice, but that's an act. Advocates for the Palestinian cause in the west are fully cognizant of who and what they are supporting.
The fact is, they would prefer that Israel disappear.
At a ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh said that Hamas may work for the "interim objective of liberation of Gaza, the West Bank, or Jerusalem," but that this "interim objective" and "reconciliation" with Fatah will not change Hamas' long-term "strategic" goal of eliminating all of Israel: