Wed, Nov 03, 2010 | The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
Hamas Leader Calls for Continuing the Armed Campaign Against Israel
Speaking before the Al-Quds Institute in Damascus, Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas political bureau, said that “resistance [i.e., terrorism and violence] is the only way to liberate Jerusalem, return the refugees and establish the Palestinian state.” He also said that “the weapon of Gaza is still raised and the weapon of the [West] Bank will soon be raised.” He called on Fatah to end its split with Hamas and adopt the “option of resistance” (Hamas’ Palestine-info website, October 29, 2010).
Khaled Mashaal met with the Iranian intelligence minister during his visit to Damascus. After the meeting he said that “anyone who takes a stand against the Zionist regime will be victorious.” Khaled Mashaal said that during the meeting they discussed several topics, including the “struggle against the Zionist regime” (IRNA News Agency, October 31, 2010).