Hamas Chief Calls to ‘Ignite New Intifada’ After U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
The call follows Trump’s recognition on Wednesday of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called on Thursday for a new uprising against Israel after U.S. President Donald Trump’s
recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
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“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza.
Haniyeh said that the Palestinian issue was at a critical crossroads for the Arab and Islamic nation,
and called Trump’s announcement the end of one political period and the beginning of a new chapter in Palestinian policy.
Haniyeh called for the uprising to begin on Friday “as an expression of the rage” over the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.
“We must take decisions and build a new strategy to deal with the new plot against Palestine,” Haniyeh said. “The Palestinian
Authority must be courageous enough to rid itself of the Oslo accords and the arbitrary conditions for the Palestinians in these
agreements,” he said, referring to the accords resulting from
negotiations in the 1990s between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that
established the Palestinian Authority. “And in the face if these challenges, I repeat our position that there be no
recognition of the legitimization of the occupation of the land of Palestine.”
“The only way to deal with the Zionist policy, which has backing from the
United States, is sparking a new intifada against the occupation and welcome resistance to this occupation,” he said, using the Arabic term for uprising.
In reference to Jerusalem, Haniyeh called Trump’s televised remarks on Wednesday “a
declaration of war” against “the diamond in the Palestinian crown” and said those
who believe that the Palestinian people will reconcile itself to Trump’s newly declared policy are deluding themselves.
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