...Mashaal tells Charlie Rose that the Palestinian people are ready to coexist with Jews and with many other religions too, but just not with the Israeli "occupation."
"I'm ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and with the Arabs and non-Arabs and with those who agree with my ideas and those who disagree with them.
However, I do not coexist with the occupiers, with the settlers," Mashaal said in response to a question asked by Rose...
The leader also stressed that the Palestinian people simply want to live in a Palestinian state.
"...We are not fanatics. We are not fundamentalists. We do not actually fight the Jews because they are Jews, per se. We do not fight any other races. We fight the occupiers," he said.What he really means by that, of course, is that he's against "the occupation" of Israel by sovereign Jews. Jews who refuse to submit to Islamic law and pay the jizya like good little dhimmis.
As for his being neither "fanatical" nor "fundamentalist," a cursory glance at the Hamas Charter reveals that it is fundamentally fanatical and fundamentalist, and that Mashaal is therefore a master purveyor of supremacist spin, otherwise known as taqiyaah. Here's a bit of the Charter selected more or less at random:
The souls of its Jihad fighters will encounter those of all Jihad fighters who have sacrificed their lives in the land of Palestine since it was conquered by the Companion of the Prophet, be Allah’s prayer and peace upon him, and until this very day. This is the Charter of the Islamic Resistance (Hamas) which will reveal its face, unveil its identity, state its position, clarify its purpose, discuss its hopes, call for support to its cause and reinforcement, and for joining its ranks. For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails. Thus we shall perceive them approaching in the horizon, and this will be known before long: “Allah has decreed: Lo! I very shall conquer, I and my messenger, lo! Allah is strong, almighty.”In other words "coexistence," jihad-style.