Hamas will never recognize Israel, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday at a rally to mark the 23rd anniversary of the militant group’s founding.
“We say it with confidence as we said it five years ago when we formed our government, and we say it today: We will never recognize Israel,” Haniyeh told a crowd in Gaza City numbering tens of thousands.
“Hamas will be the faithful guard of the Palestinian people’s rights and the basic Palestinian principles,” Haniyeh continued.
“We say today that there will be no occupation of the land of Palestine and then we can say there is no future for the occupation on our land. I mean from the sea to the river and from Rafah up to Naqoora.”
However, some Hamas leaders have said that while they will not recognize Israel, they are prepared to accept a temporary solution based on establishing an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital and without settlements.