Israeli Prime Minister: Leader's remarks prove Hamas not ready for compromise
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday a recent statement by Hamas that it will not give up "one inch" of the land revealed "the real face of our enemies", dpa reported.
"Over the past 24 hours we were again exposed to the real face of our enemies. They have no intention whatsoever of compromising with us. They want to destroy our state. Of course, they will fail," Netanyahu told his cabinet.
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Saturday vowed never to recognize Israel and called for Jihad (holy war) to liberate all of historic Palestine at a celebration in Gaza of the militant movement's 25th anniversary.
"I say that Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean sea and from its north to its south is our land and our homeland and we will never make concessions over one inch of it," Mashaal told tens of thousands of Palestinians at a rally in Gaza City.
Netanyahu also criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning Mashaal's statements.
Mashaal, 56, Hamas' leader in exile, was wrapping up Sunday a high-profile three-day visit - his first ever - to the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.