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PM: We will never give up our arms, territory, or claims
Hamas prime minister in Gaza said Sunday that the militant group
will never give up its arms, its territory or its claims on
Jerusalem on behalf of the Palestinians.
Ismail Haniyeh spoke to a cheering crowd of 5,000 in the
Tunisian capital Sunday.
He predicted difficult days ahead for Israel, which is grappling
with how to respond to the Arab Spring, a series of popular
uprisings that began in Tunisia a year ago.
Photo by: Reuters
"Israel no longer has allies in Egypt and in Tunisia, we are
saying to the Zionist enemies that times have changed and that
the time of the Arab Spring, the time of the revolution, of
dignity and of pride has arrived," AFP quoted him as saying to
"We promise you that we will not cede a single part of
Palestine, we will not cede Jerusalem, we will continue to fight
and we will not lay down our arms," he said.
"To Tunisia we say: 'It is us today who are going to build the
new Middle East'."
The rally, held at a sports stadium, was organized by the
Islamist Ennahda party, which recently won Tunisian elections.
At one entrance, people walked over a piece of cloth sporting
the Star of David, and many shouted anti-Israeli slogans.
But not heard was "Kill the Jews!" a slogan used by
ultraconservatives three days earlier upon Haniyeh's arrival.