Hamas zegt het maar weer eens, om er vooral geen misverstand over te laten bestaan: men erkent Israel niet en vindt dat dit land moet verdwijnen. Daarnaast prees hij de hongerstakers voor hun overwinning. Israel had flink wat concessies gedaan om dit akkoord te bereiken, en had de hoop uitgesproken dat dit tot toenadering zou leiden. Wat Hamas betreft is dat in elk geval ijdele hoop.
'Haniyeh: No future for Israel in Palestine'
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told an international pro-Palestinian delegation on Friday that there is no future for Israel "on the land of Palestine," Gaza news portal Al-Resalah reported.
Haniyeh was speaking at a meeting in Gaza with delegates from several countries including Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
"We must live up to our motto.. .which says, we will not recognize Israel," the Hamas-affiliate quoted him as saying.
He reportedly emphasized the importance of the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and lauded the "victory of the Palestinian hunger strikers."
Israel and Palestinian security prisoners signed a deal to end a 28-day hunger strike by the inmates on Monday. According to the terms of the agreement, Palestinian prisoners committed to refrain from dealing with "activities against security" within prison confines. In exchange, they will receive benefits from the Prisons Service, including the end of separation from the general prison population, and family visits.
The Hamas prime minister also thanked the delegation for their efforts, "to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip, and strengthen their steadfastness on their land."