“What we heard from the Hamas leadership in Gaza today should serve as a wake-up
call to anyone who has illusions about the extremist and murderous character of
Hamas,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, said on
He spoke in response to speeches delivered by Hamas chief
Khaled Mashaal and other leaders of the Islamist movement in Gaza City earlier
in the day.
“They unequivocally restated a maximalist and terrorist
position that sees as its goal the total destruction of the Jewish state and
fundamentally rejects any compromise,” Regev said.
“I would ask the
Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, who talks about making a political coalition
with these extremists: What does this say about your own stated commitment to
peace and reconciliation?”
Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz said Mashaal deserved to
die and should be the subject of a targeted killing, as should all of Hamas’s
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