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Saturday’s rally is not being held on the exact date of Hamas’s founding, but on the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Palestinian uprising, or intifada, against Israel.
“I hope God will make me a martyr on the land of Palestine in Gaza,” he said on seeing it.
“There is a new Arab presence, there is a different kind of support,” Meshaal said last week.
“We accepted (the idea), but not at the expense of recognizing Israel or giving away Palestinian rights, but as a common (Arab) factor,” he told Reuters last week.
Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader in exile, has rejected any concessions over a future Palestine state at a rally marking the 25th anniversary of the armed Palestinian group.
"Palestine is our land and nation from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, from north to south, and we cannot cede an inch or any part of it," he said.
"We fight Zionists, not Jews. We fight whoever occupied our land, regardless of religion ... Statehood will be the fruit of resistance, not negotiations," Meshaal said to cheering fans.
Local Fatah leaders were due to attend the 25h annivesary celebrations, which would be the first time Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's faction has taken part in such an event since at least 2007, when it fought a brief civil war with Hamas in Gaza that was won by the latter.
That's right, the different kind of support is coming from all Muslim extremists to ban together, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda to spread "political Islam" throughout the Middle East.
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday it was time to seal a reconciliation with the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza, AFP reported.
"It is time to seriously deal with reconciliation and for contacts with Egypt's mediation for a reconciliation," Abbas was quoted as having said at a meeting of the PA leadership attended by Nassereddine al-Shaer, a Hamas deputy premier.
"We hope to agree on a meeting and a meeting of the leadership in Egypt in order to finish with this question which has gone on for too long," Abbas, who heads the rival Fatah party, said, according to AFP.
There is a lot of support coming from the United Nations for Palestine at the moment and rightly so. Remember Hamas is the democratically elected party...
His voice rising to a shout, Mr. Meshal said: “Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on any inch of the land.” He vowed that all Palestinian refugees and their descendants would one day return to their original homes in what is now Israel.
“We will never recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation, and therefore there is no legitimacy for Israel, no matter how long it will take,”
US officials exerted pressure on Egypt to prevent two senior Islamic Jihad officials from entering the Gaza Strip with Hamas’s political chief Khaled Mashaal, according to a report in the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Saturday.
The paper confirmed reports by Islamic Jihad, which said on Thursday that Israel had warned Egypt it would consider the three-week-old truce since Operation Pillar of Defense over if the terrorist group’s leader Ramadan Abdallah Shalah and his deputy, Ziad Nakhaleh, entered the Strip.
Israel also warned Egypt about permitting a third individual, Hamas official Saleh Al-Aruri, from joining Mashaal, who was making his first-ever trip to Gaza.