Hamas: We Won't Cede an 'Inch of Palestine'
Leader delivers defiant speech on trip to Gaza for anniversary
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2012 12:39 PM CST
Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal waves to supporters.   (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

(Newser) – The leader of Hamas vowed to continue fighting Israel today, as hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Gazans turned out to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. Khaled Mashaal's visit to the Palestinian territory—a first in his lifetime of exile—underscores Hamas' rising clout and regional acceptance since its eight-day conflict with Israel last month. At the main stage in Gaza City, a roaring crowd greeted Mashaal and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who emerged from a door built into a large model of a rocket fired at Israeli cities during the recent fighting.

"We are not giving up any inch of Palestine," said Mashaal. "It will remain Islamic and Arab for us and nobody else. Jihad and armed resistance is the only way. We cannot recognize Israel's legitimacy." Hamas has received a boost from the political ascension of its parent movement, the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, in the wake of last year's Arab Spring revolts—especially in Egypt. Israel, the US, and European Union list Hamas as a terrorist organization, though Israel is now holding indirect talks with the group as part of a cease-fire deal.

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Dec 9, 2012 12:21 PM CST
""We are not giving up any inch of Palestine," Translation: "if Israel and the PLO actually make a peace agreement, we're screwed." No Middle Eastern politician ever says what he truly believes, it's all posturing.
Dec 9, 2012 10:48 AM CST
Hamass leader Khaled Mashaal states he will never endorse Israel's right to exist. Thus, there can never be peace with Israel without a change of heart. I suggest serving this Islamic extremist a big plate of ham and push his ass and the asses of his Islamic terrorist supporters into the Mediterranean Sea.
Dec 9, 2012 8:53 AM CST
a fatwa on hamas!