Hamas leader: We’ve never discussed disarmament

Palestinians from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigade of the military wing of Hamas during a training session in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Hamas and Fatah have never discussed disarming Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, nor does Hamas intend to recognize Israel or abide by previously signed agreements, a Hamas leader announced on Saturday.

Speaking to the press in Gaza, political bureau deputy chief Moussa Abu Marzouk said that Hamas and the other Palestinian factions have “temporarily” agreed to a Palestinian state on land conquered by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, “without recognizing the Zionist entity.”