Khaled Mashaal (photo)
threatened on Tuesday that Hamas can still create an Intifada and that the ceasefire was a Palestinian tactic in its continual conflict with Israel.
Mashaal told the Lebanese newspaper Al Safir that a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria would not lead Hamas to recognize Israel because other parts of Palestinian lands would still be “occupied,” referring to Israel’s 1967 borders.
According to Israel Radio, Mashaal warned that if the international community failed to set up a framework for a Palestinian state defined by the 1967 borders within six months and assure refugees’ right of return, the Palestinians would resume their “resistance” against Israel.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh gave full support of Mashaal's words stating he had never prevented terrorists from carrying out operations.
Speaking at a rally at the al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, Haniyeh said his government did not condemn resistance but embraced it.
He emphasized that the Palestinian people would not give up a “single grain of the land of Palestine, nor would it relinquish the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”