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Haniyeh: Palestinians will not recognize Israel
Published Tuesday 25/06/2013 (updated) 27/06/2013 09:21
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday that Palestinians would not recognize Israel, despite the siege on Gaza and two wars.

"We had two wars in which hundreds of people died, and thousands of acres of land were destroyed, but Palestinians did not and will not recognize Israel," the Gaza premier said as he welcomed international activists to the enclave.

Haniyeh said Israel's blockade aimed to limit the influence of the Islamic model outside the Gaza Strip, and to isolate Palestine in an attempt to force Palestinians to recognize Israel and accept the conditions of the Mideast Quartet.

The premier thanked activists who came to Palestine, describing solidarity visits as a holy duty, and he urged more supporters to come.

Haniyeh said aid groups who visited Gaza in solidarity had a political and a humanitarian message, showing that Gaza did not stand alone.

"These groups, along with the help of God and the Palestinian steadfastness, eased the siege," he added.

The Hamas leader highlighted his government's efforts to generate support for Jerusalem.

"The (Israeli) occupation built a hundred synagogues around al-Aqsa to deceive the world and falsify facts," he added.

Haniyeh also called on Palestinians to support of the Arab and Palestinian prisoners of Israel, particularly those on hunger strike.
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1 ) Outsider / EU
26/06/2013 10:15
He's entitled to his opinion, but it's not shared by all Palestinians.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/06/2013 15:20
But then again, Outsider #1, he is the prime minister of Gaza and he is able to block peace. You are just a bystander watching from the EU.

3 ) KERRY--ARE YOU LISTENING?? / DO YOU REALIZE
26/06/2013 16:13
how futiles are your efforts to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians?????

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
26/06/2013 17:32
We don't give a damn anymore if Hamas (or anyone else) recognizes us or not. Would somebody just tell him to burn that into his hard drive and just post it on his homepage or text it ??? ... He would save himself a lot of hot air. Announcing this tired mantra over and over is like exercising indoors: With all his blabbering, he's just generating his own bad breath back at him. In the hot summer, there are enough stinking odors and barf bags around here already.

5 ) southparkbear / usa
26/06/2013 19:14
i can only appreciate his sentiment. it makes israel life much easier

6 ) Bill / USA
26/06/2013 21:01
Ismail Haniyeh should reconsider the quartets demands if he wants Hamas to be removed from the list of terrorist organizations. If Hamas is going to participate and possibly form the new PA government they must meet these demands layed out by the International community. The State of Israel is a Fact that is not going to change. If Ismail Haniyeh really wants Hamas to become politcal rather than terrorist organization then this is the only path. do this & the world will beat a path to your door!

7 ) Outlier / USA
26/06/2013 23:12
Foolish man. To have ANY hope of statehood, Palestinians will recognize Israel. To not is to condemn themselves to the current situation. Only recognition and negotiations will change the status quo.

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
27/06/2013 00:11
- Palestinians will not recognize Israel, so - Palestinians will not have a state of their own, and - Palestinians will have only themselves to blame, for supporting Haniyeh, Hamas, and other Islamic extremists.

9 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/06/2013 00:22
Sorry, Outsider, but his opinion counts as he is indeed the prime minister of Gaza. Thus, he represents a geographical half of Palestine that says it will not negotiate for peace. His opinion certainly does count and it most certainly is an obstacle to both peace and a Palestinian state. That is, of course, unless you yourself and the EU are now supporting a 3-state solution.

10 ) Eliot / Israel
27/06/2013 16:41
Yeah, well, what else is new? Poor Palestinian people for having such leadership that prevents them from a normal way of life and basic human rights.

11 ) @ Outsider-1 / USA
27/06/2013 23:40
As Brian-9 says, "he is indeed the prime minister of Gaza", and thus "his opinion" carries the weight of the Gaza government, and he will not retract his words, like Hamas will recognize Israel.

12 ) abdul carrim / south africa
01/07/2013 23:57
why should anyone be forced to recognize israel.it is what it is and has what it has.so what about it.hamas is concerned about what the majority of palestinians choose to recognise,i.e that they are still living under the shadow of a brutal and oppressive regime...whatever it chooses to call itself is immaterial to the palestinians.
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