Gaza City — Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal rejected on Saturday ceding "an inch" of Palestinian territory to Israel or recognising the Jewish state, in a speech in Gaza marking the 25th anniversary of the Islamist group's founding.
Speaking before tens of thousands of supporters Meshaal said the Jewish state would be wiped away through "resistance," or military action. "The state will come from resistance, not negotiation," he said. "Liberation first, then statehood."
Laying out his hopes for future triumphant visits, Meshaal told cheering crowds, "Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah and after that Jerusalem, then Haifa and Jaffa," Ma'an News Agency reported.