Hamas leader: If Israel leaves the West Bank, Hamas will take over

If Israel moves out of the West Bank, Hamas will take over as it did the Gaza Strip, Army Radio quoted Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar as saying Friday. Al-Zahar spoke at a supporters' rally in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. "Israel says that if it will move out of the West bank, Hamas will take control. We say this is true," he said. Al-Zahar's words contradicted statements made by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh earlier in the week, when he said his organization had no intention of repeating its Gaza takeover in the West Bank.