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Senior Hamas official Mahmoud a-Zahar called for West Bank residents to fire rockets into Israel, Israel Radio reported Sunday.
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"There is no escaping from these rockets in the West Bank," Zahar said to the east Jerusalem newspaper al-Quds. "Why should they only be in the Gaza Strip?"
He added that Hamas policy will not change no matter how long the blockade of Gaza continues, and whether or not Hamas will win the next elections in the West Bank.
In the past, Zahar has called accused those firing rockets of being
"collaborators," that are trying to torpedo Hamas-Israel negotiations.
He was part the team working on a prisoner exchange deal to secure the
release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, and accused the US for
their failure when he quit the effort.
"The solution is resistance!" Zahar said in the al-Quds
interview. "If I wanted to give up my
rights, I would be in Washington now." He also said that the Palestinian
people have no interest in become attached to Egypt; rather, they want
Zahar was critical of the Palestinian Authority, stating that the West
Bank leadership is fighting against Palestinian "resistance" and is held
in power by the occupation forces. He added that other Arab countries
are no longer in contact with Hamas out of fear of Washington, and "to
keep their heads."
Zahar also called PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas
"one big zero."