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Israel and Hamas are plunging into an all-out war that neither side wants

November 13, 2018

Both are under intense pressure and are determined to deter each other, but there is yet hope they can come back from the brink

Gaza's Hamas leader Ismail Haniya flashes the V for victory sign at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP)

Gaza’s Hamas leader Ismail Haniya flashes the V for victory sign at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP)

On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, announced that “Ashdod and Beersheba will soon enter the line of fire.” And indeed, it currently looks like there is nothing stopping Israel and the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terrorist groups from continuing the escalation toward a full-blown war.

The traditional brokers of ceasefires between both sides, Egypt and the United Nations, seem to have put aside their efforts to calm the situation, and the pessimism is evident in their statements.

But while Israel and the Hamas terror group both appear ready, even eager, for deeper battle, that is mostly a facade. The two sides are engaged in a game of brinkmanship in a bid to demonstrate their superiority and create deterrence. The problem is that it is highly doubtful that either Hamas or Israel have the ability to achieve those goals without taking steps that will inevitably plunge the area into war.

At least for now, Hamas and Israel look like two trains reluctantly speeding toward a chasm.

In attempting to understand what exactly went wrong over the past few days, it is hard to point to a clear strategic decision. Hamas and Israel had already entered a truce. The Gazan organization’s leadership had invested tremendous efforts in reaching the ceasefire, in which the Strip’s economy was to improve, the supply of electricity was to increase and even Hamas officials were to receive payments using cash suitcases transferred by Qatar with Israel’s approval.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman are speaking to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the IDF headquarter in Tel Aviv, November 12, 2018 (Amos Ben Gershom)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government had similarly gone to great lengths to clarify that it wasn’t interested in escalation, even essentially agreeing to pay protection money to a terror group that openly declares that it seeks to destroy the Jewish state.

Still, Sunday night’s incident in Khan Younis, in which an Israeli special operations officer was killed along with seven Palestinian terror group members, has changed the situation and led the region to the brink of war. The elite unit’s operation deep inside Gazan territory put Hamas in a difficult position: respond and risk a war, or contain the incident and risk being portrayed as having capitulated to Israel in exchange for money.

At first, it looked like Hamas was leaning toward containing the incident, but the pressure on its leaders ultimately proved to be too strong. As far as they are concerned, an Israeli operation like Sunday night’s and the killing of seven operatives was a distinct violation of sovereignty that crossed all red lines within the framework of a truce.

Palestinian rockets are shot toward Israel from Gaza on November 12, 2018. (AP/Hatem Moussa)

That act prompted Hamas to forgo its wins — salaries, increased electricity and humanitarian steps — by adopting the clear goal of deterring Israel and preventing its next incursion into Gaza.

Of course, that isn’t the only consideration. One has to consider Hamas’s political struggle with rival terror groups such as Islamic Jihad. Those factions have voiced strong criticism of Hamas’s perceived willingness to compromise by containing the Khan Younis incident. Islamic Jihad, in particular, has outflanked Hamas and demanded a far stronger response against Israel. Hamas this time has decided to preempt that by trying to prove it is still a “resistance” organization and fighting even at a high cost.

The sliver of hope at this time is the continued common interest of both the Netanyahu government and the Hamas leadership to stop the fighting. Perhaps the common desire on both sides will eventually calm the situation and cut short the spiraling violence.

The only alternative is an all-out war that will exact an extremely heavy cost from both sides.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/gaza-is-plunging-into-an-all-out-war-that-neither-side-wants/

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Hamas leader: ‘On our way’ to ending Israel blockade

August 21, 2018

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said Tuesday that an end to Israel’s more than decade-long blockade of Gaza was “around the corner”, as talk of a possible truce deal intensifies.

Indirect negotiations between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel brokered by Egyptian and UN officials have reportedly included discussion on easing the blockade, but by no means a complete lifting of it.

Speaking to thousands of Palestinians during prayers for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Haniya did not directly address the possiblity of a truce, mooted in Israeli and Palestinian media for weeks.

© AFP | The leader of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement, Ismail Haniya (Haniyeh), tells thouands of Muslim worshippers an end to Israel’s more than decade-long blockade is “around the corner”, as talk of a possible truce deal intensifes

“Thanks to these marches and resistance, we are just around the corner from closing the page on this unjust blockade,” he said, referring to months of protests along the Gaza-Israel border, some of which have drawn a deadly response from the Israeli army.

He seemed to refer to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s concerns over a truce that does not include his Palestinian Authority, based in the occupied West Bank.

Abbas’s Fatah and Hamas have been deeply divided for more than a decade.

Haniya said any agreement would come “with a national consensus and an Arab safety net in order to establish the necessary safeguards to implement what is agreed upon”.

“We are on our way to ending this unjust blockade of Gaza,” he said.

Two Palestinians were shot dead during border protests on Friday, bringing to 171 the number killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since demonstrations began on March 30.

One Israeli soldier has been killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Israel accuses Hamas of being behind the protests and encouraging Gazans to attempt to breach the heavily guarded border fence.

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov and Egyptian officials have been seeking to broker a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, which have fought three wars since 2008.

Israeli media have speculated it could involve an easing of Israel’s crippling blockade of Gaza in exchange for calm on the border and the return of the bodies of two soldiers killed in 2014.

Israel is also seeking the return of two Israeli citizens believed held by Hamas.

The Gaza border has been notably calmer in recent days as speculation over the indirect negotiations has intensified.

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Hamas chief visits Egypt ahead of US embassy move to Jerusalem

May 13, 2018

Hamas’ political chief Ismail Haniya arrives in Cairo to discuss ‘developments’ in Palestine and the region.

A Hamas statement on Sunday said the delegation had accepted an invitation extended by neighbouring Egypt [File: Anadolu]

A Hamas statement on Sunday said the delegation had accepted an invitation extended by neighbouring Egypt [File: Anadolu]

Al Jazeera

The senior political leader of Hamas Ismail Haniya has travelled to Cairo with a high-ranking delegation to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials about “developments” in Palestine and the region.

A Hamas statement on Sunday said the delegation had accepted an invitation extended by neighbouring Egypt.

Hamas governs the Gaza Strip, a densely populated coastal enclave that shares borders with Egypt and Israel, with which it has fought three wars since 2008.

The agenda will include talks over the controversial US embassy move, scheduled to take place on Monday.

The decision announced by US President Donald Trump in December has incensed Palestinians, who view the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state.

Thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest against the move from across the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday, including the Gaza Strip as part of the Great March of Return.

The Great March of Return includes rallies that are part of a weeks-long protest that will culminate on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba or “Catastrophe” – a reference to Israel’s establishment in 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly removed from Palestine.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 49 Palestinians in the coastal enclave, and wounded more than 8,500.

For much of the last decade, Egypt has joined Israel in enforcing a crippling blockade that has deprived Gaza’s roughly two million inhabitants of most basic commodities, including food items, fuel and medicine.

Haniya is also expected to discuss the rekindling of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement that has largely been at a standstill for months, according to Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum.

Rival Palestinian faction Fatah, led by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah that governs parts of the occupied West Bank, signed a reconciliation agreement with Hamas under Egypt’s auspices in October 2017, but the terms of the agreement signed in the Egyptian capital have not been implemented.

Ties between the two sides reached a new low in March when Fatah blamed Hamas for an explosion that targeted Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy during a visit to the Gaza Strip.

Haniya is expected to return to Gaza later on Sunday.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/hamas-ismail-haniya-visits-egypt-embassy-move-180513092303693.html

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

Hamas leader: Jerusalem recognition ‘beginning of the end for Israel’

January 23, 2018

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “the beginning of the end for Israel,” Channel 10 reports.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh speaks to the press at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on September 19, 2017. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

He stresses that he is not speaking out of “emotional turmoil.”

The Hamas leader says Vice President Mike Pence’s speechto the Knesset on Monday “proves that the American administration is horse-trading in the (future of the) region for the benefit of the Zionist entity.”

From: The Times of Israel

Palestinians Fire 16 Rockets in 9 Days at Israel: Rocket Fired From Gaza to Israel Hits Residential Building Inside Gaza Strip on Friday

December 16, 2017

srael says rockets severely damaged house in Gazan town of Beit Hanoun. This is the 16th rocket fired at Israel since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Yaniv Kubovich Dec 15, 2017 10:57 PM

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File photo: A remnant of a rocket that was fired from Gaza and landed in Israel's Negev region during the 2014 Gaza war.

File photo: A remnant of a rocket that was fired from Gaza and landed in Israel’s Negev region during the 2014 Gaza war. Ilan Assayag

A rocket was fired at Israel from Gaza on Friday evening, yet hit a residential building in the Gazan town of Beit Hanoun, the Israeli army’s coordinator of government activities in the territories said.

This is the 16th rocket fired at Israel from Gaza since U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition nine days ago of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It is the highest number of rockets launched since the end of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014.

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Rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel

According to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the house was significantly damaged. In a Facebook post in Arabic COGAT said that “once again terror organizations launch rockets at Gaza residents themselves. Only a week ago a classroom at a public school in Bein Hanoun was destroyed.” The post went on to say that “the terror elements in Gaza unequivocally prove what we keep on saying: They are destroying the future of the residents of Gaza with their own hands.”

Since Trump’s speech on December 6, 12 rockets were fired from Gaza to the Negev area in Israel. At least three more rockets exploded inside Palestinian territory.

Earlier Friday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer between the settlement of Beit El and the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank. He was shot by Border Police on the scene and later died of his wounds. The officer who was stabbed sustained moderate injuries.

Three Palestinians were killed and 260 were wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and on the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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Members of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) burn a mock-up of the U.S. flag during a protest to condemn Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta Reuters
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Israel: Hamas-Ordered Protests after Friday Prayers Lead to Bloobshed Among Palestinians, Israeili Security Forces

December 15, 2017

New clashes as deadly fallout over Jerusalem continues

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© Mohammed Abed, AFP | Palestinian protesters carry away an injured man during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City, on December 15.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-12-15

Palestinian protesters clashed anew with Israeli forces on Friday as the fallout continued from US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Following Muslim prayers on Friday, Palestinians set fire to tires and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and live fire in the West Bank and along the Gaza border.

Israeli police said a Palestinian was shot after he attacked an officer with a knife, stabbing him twice, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the officer was moderately injured. The attacker was evacuated from the scene by the Red Crescent medical service.

Police are investigating reports that the Palestinian was wearing a suicide bomb vest or a fake explosive device, Rosenfeld said. He said police are also checking to see if the Palestinian was posing as a journalist to get close to the officer.

Hamas calls for new uprising

Palestinians have been clashing with Israeli troops across the West Bank and the Gaza border since Trump recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has called for a new armed uprising against Israel in response to Trump’s declaration.

>> A disputed capital: Why the status of Jerusalem is so contentious

Protests in response to the announcement have taken place in various Arab and Muslim countries in the region. The announcement departed from decades of US policy that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through peace negotiations. East Jerusalem is home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites and the fate of the territory is an emotionally charged issue at the heart of the conflict. The Palestinians seek East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day war, as the capital of their hoped-for state. Israel says the entire city, including East Jerusalem, remains its eternal capital.

Palestinians were infuriated by Trump’s December 6 announcement because they saw it as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said Trump’s move disqualified the US from continuing in its role as the traditional mediator of peace talks.

Trump said his decision merely recognises the reality that Jerusalem already serves as Israel’s capital and is not meant to prejudge the final borders of the city.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

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Fresh Palestinian protests against Trump Jerusalem decision

December 15, 2017

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© AFP / by Joe Dyke | Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem’s Old City

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Thousands of Palestinians took part in fresh protests Friday against Washington’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but a week on there is no sign of a threatened new intifada.US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of American policy and move his embassy to Jerusalem has stirred international condemnation, as well as protests across the Palestinian territories and Arab world.

Four Palestinians have been killed, with more than 1000 wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Protesters have burned American and Israeli flags and trampled on pictures of Trump. But concerns that the decision would lead to a major wave of bloodshed have as yet not materialised.

Protests broke out across the Palestinian territories for the second Friday in a row after the end of weekly Muslim prayers, often a catalyst for clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

In Gaza, the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas had called for another ‘day of rage’ against the decision, with tens of thousands taking to the streets.

Clashes were expected along the border with Israel later Friday.

In the occupied West Bank, a few thousand people gathered in the southern city of Hebron, as well as Nablus in the north, with clashes near the Al-Arroub camp, south of Bethlehem.

In Jerusalem itself, around 30,000 people prayed at the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims, the Islamic organisation that administers the site said.

The vast majority left without incident, but small scuffles broke out in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most controversial issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

For decades global powers have avoided taking an opinion, keeping their embassies in Tel Aviv instead.

Trump declared, however, that he would move the embassy and recognised the city as Israel’s capital.

Amid condemnation from much of the international community, the Palestinians have announced they will no longer view the Americans as mediator in negotiations with the Israelis.

A poll conducted after Trump’s announcement by the respected Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found 45 percent of Palestinians supported a violent popular uprising, up from 35 percent three months prior.

Khalil Shikaki, the center’s director, said the “only possible explanation” for the increase was Trump’s decision.

He said, however, the effectiveness of the Israeli forces and the Palestinian security forces’ ongoing security cooperation with them had ensured the protests in the West Bank remained relatively minor in scale.

While angered by Trump’s declaration, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has not instructed his party Fatah or security forces to cut ties with Israel.

“Hamas is too weak in the West Bank to carry out any serious attacks (and) Fatah does not want to engage in violence,” Shikaki said.

“This is not likely to change any time soon.”

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Ismail Haniya with Iran’s Supreme Leader

“We ask churches, the Pope and our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem,” he added.

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Ismail Haniya

In Gaza, hermetically sealed off by Israel and Egypt, at least 12 rockets or mortars have been fired from the territory since Trump’s announcement, with Israel hitting at least 10 sites in reply.

But the response has been relatively muted compared to some of the warnings, said Ofer Zalzberg, Israel-based analyst with the International Crisis Group think-tank.

He said the lack of serious blowback to Trump’s announcement had encouraged right wingers in Israel’s government to question whether “maybe other things that people said were impossible are not”.

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Hamas chief calls for fresh protests against Trump Jerusalem move (Initial round of protests sputtered out)

December 14, 2017

AFP

© AFP | Hamas supporters take part in a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement, in Gaza City, on December 14, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP) – The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city until we bring down Trump’s decision,” Ismail Haniya said.

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Ismail Haniya with Iran’s Supreme Leader

“We ask churches, the Pope and our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem,” he added.

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Ismail Haniya

Speaking in front of tens of thousands of supporters in Hamas-run Gaza at an event to commemorate the Islamist movement’s 30th anniversary, Haniya railed against Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as Israel’s capital.

“We will bring down Trump’s decision once and for all,” he added.

The event was attended by major Hamas figures as well as politicians from other political parties, including longtime rivals Fatah.

The two signed an October reconciliation agreement that was supposed to see Hamas hand over control in Gaza by December 1, but the deal has faltered.

Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah in 2007 and has fought three wars with Israel since.

It is considered a terrorist organisation by Israel, the United States and others.

Since Trump’s controversial announcement last week, at least 12 rockets or mortars have been fired from Gaza towards Israel.

In response the Jewish state’s army has hit at least 10 targets in Gaza, mostly Hamas bases.

Protests in other parts of the Palestinian territories, as well as across the Arab world, have broken out since Trump’s announcement.

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Hamas calls for third intifada after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — “Trump destroyed the two-state solution.”

December 7, 2017

Ismail Haniyeh, leader of Hamas, has called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising, after US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday. He described the change in US policy as a “declaration of war.”

Gaza - Proteste gegen Jerusalem-Status (picture-alliance/dpa/Wissam Nassar)

The influential Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has called for a new uprising against Israel, starting on Friday. Speaking in Gaza on Thursday, Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniyeh said, “We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy.” He also said, “We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision.”

Taking to twitter, Hamas also described the US decision as being a declaration of war.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has called a general strike in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and schools and shops in these areas remain closed as Palestinians continue protesting against the US’ policy change. Hundreds took to the streets on Wednesday, burning American and Israeli flags and 10 Palestinians were arrested in East Jerusalem overnight after Molotov cocktails were thrown.

Read more: Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision sparks global outcry

 

Closed shops in Gaza, with two Arab women, with their faces covered, walking past.There is a general strike in Gaza and shops and schools remain closed

Worldwide condemnation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the latest head of state to publicly criticize Trump’s decision. He described Trump’s actions throwing the Middle East into a “ring of fire.”

Saudi Arabia’s royal court made a rare public rebuke of the US on Thursday, saying Trump’s announcement was “unjustified and irresponsible.” The US’ move puts the Sunni nation in a difficult position, because the kingdom has had close ties to Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, leader of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, said on Thursday, “Such unilateral recognition violates various resolutions of the UN Security Council of which the United States is a permanent member. It could also shake global stability.”

Eight members of the UN Security Council, including Britain, France, Egypt, Italy and Sweden have called for an emergency meeting to discuss the US’ move, which will be held on Friday.

 

Trump bound to Israel forever

Speaking at Israel’s foreign ministry on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was full of praise for Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “President Trump bound himself forever with the history of our capital,” he said. “His name will now be proudly displayed alongside other names in the city’s glorious history.”

Netanyahu also claimed that Israel is in contact with other countries that plan to follow the US’ move. “We are already in contact with other countries that will recognize similar recognition, and I have no doubt that as soon as the American embassy moves to Jerusalem, and before that, many embassies will move to Jerusalem.”

However, he did not name any of these countries.

Read more: Opinion Trump wantonly fans the flames of Middle East conflict

Two-state solution further out of reach

Trump’s recognition of the contested capital has been interpreted by Palestinians as putting an end to the possibility of a two-state solution. In his speech, Trump claimed, “The US remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides,” he said. “I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement.”

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh speaks to a crowd, standing behind microphones.Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has called for a new Palestinian intifada

However, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, said that Trump had destroyed all hopes such a peace deal. “He destroyed the two-state solution.” Meanwhile, Hamas has said that Trump’s decision will “open the gates of hell” on US interests in the region.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has described Trump’s announcement as “reprehensible.” He said that it will undermine peace efforts and embolden Israel “to pursue the policy of occupation, settlement, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”

Abbas is traveling to Jordan on Thursday to meet with King Abdullah II, who is seen as the Palestinians closest Arab ally. There is speculation that the two leaders may try to coordinate a response to Trump’s announcement.

http://www.dw.com/en/hamas-calls-for-third-intifada-after-us-recognizes-jerusalem-as-israels-capital/a-41687874

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Hamas: US decision on Jerusalem is a war declaration — Ismail Haniya calls on all Palestinian factions to unite quickly

December 7, 2017

Al Jazeera
December 7, 2017
5:00 Eastern Times

Haniya called on all Palestinian factions to unite quickly [Al Jazeera]
Haniya called on all Palestinian factions to unite quickly [Al Jazeera]

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said the US decision on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a “war declaration against Palestinians”, and called for a new “Intifada”, or uprising.

Haniya said at a speech in Gaza City on Thursday that US President Donald Trump‘s recognition “killed” the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“This decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process,” he said.

“The US decision is an aggression, a declaration of war on us, on the best Muslim and Christian shrines in the heart of Palestine, Jerusalem.”

“We should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Haniya said.

He stressed the fact that the Palestinians see Jerusalem as united and the capital of their future state.

“Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, is ours,” he said.

“We are here today at a critical point in the history of the Palestinian issue and the core of the issue is Jerusalem, a critical point in the history of the Arab and Muslim nations following the provocative decision, the unfair decision adopted by the US administration.”

He called on all Palestinian factions to unite quickly “in order to have the strategy to confront the  occupation and the US administration policies inside the Palestinian Territories”.

“We urge, we ask and we stress the necessity of rearranging the Palestinian situation to confront this dangerous plot and to put our priorities clearly to face that provocative decision, that unfair decision,” he said.

Ignoring warnings

Trump, ignoring warnings from the international community, announced on Wednesday that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.

On Thursday, Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary general of the Palestinian National Initiative, speaking to Al Jazeera from Ramallah, said that Trump was “joining Israel in the war crimes and in confirming the annexation of the occupied Palestinian Territories”.

“I hope that the Palestinian Authority will not accept to meet with this American team anymore,” he said.

“Israel decided it wants everything. They want everything? Fine. We will also fight for everything,” he said.

“We might be talking about a popular wide uprising but non-violent one, similar to the first intifada. That’s what we need. Israelis should see the Palestinian resistance everywhere.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/hamas-leader-jerusalem-decision-war-declaration-171207083427072.html

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS