Hamas leader says Gaza only a ‘milestone to reaching our objective’

Khaled Meshaal

(Reuters) – Hamas will not cease its resistance against Israel until all its demands are met, the group’s overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding that the latest conflict over Gaza was only “a milestone to reaching our objective.”

Speaking at a news conference in Doha, where he lives in exile, Meshaal said the group would never give up its arms as part of any deal. He also said the group’s military commander, caught earlier this month in an Israeli air strike, was “fine.”

“You cannot contain the resistance, because the resistance is in our thoughts and in our souls….our resistance will continue until all our demands are met and we are getting closer to victory and al-Quds (Jerusalem),” he said.

“This is not the end. This is just a milestone to reaching our objective. We know that Israel is strong and is aided by the international community. We will not restrict our dreams or make compromises to our demands,” Meshaal said.

Israel launched its assault on the Gaza strip with the declared aim of stopping rocket attacks against Israel and destroying tunnels it says Hamas, which refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, was using to infiltrate Israel and conduct assaults.

Hamas also called on Egypt to open the Rafah border crossing, as “a brotherly action”…

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