Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Hamas minister: We'll occupy Haifa, Akko
Fathi Hamas, Gaza's interior minister, visits Khan Younis University and threatens to seize Israeli cities with help of 'armies from all around the world.' Israelis and Americans won't be satisfied with any concessions, he says in message to Palestinian President Abbas
As Israel and the Palestinians attempt to renew direct peace talks launched last week, Hamas continues its declarations of war: The Hamas government's interior minister in Gaza, Fathi Hamad, said Monday that the Palestinians "will reoccupy Haifa and Akko." Speaking during a visit to a university in the town of Khan Younis, Hamad addressed the Israeli operation in Gaza, saying that "the Zionist enemy is still hurting the defeat in the war and preparing for another round in an attempt to destroy the Palestinian resistance."
Hamad mentioned the threats to sue Israeli officials worldwide. "The commanders are afraid to travel to many countries," he said.
Turning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamad said, "We are coming to occupy Haifa and Akko. We'll have armies from all around the world, and the convoys arriving in Gaza are carrying a message to our people, saying that we must stick to the path of jihad. The enemy is trying to impose a siege on us, but they are the ones under a siege and behind fences."
The Hamas interior minister turned to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well, saying, "No matter how many concessions you make, it won't satisfy the Israelis and Americans."
The remarks were made on the backdrop of messages being conveyed by Hamas to many international elements. The organization's politburo chief, Khaled Mashaal, even told Newsweek that his movement would not object to a peace agreement if it wins the support of the Palestinian public.