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Operation Protective Edge: Statements by Palestinian Leadership and Media


Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshaal
         "In the case of Israeli procrastination or continued aggression, Hamas is ready with other Palestinian factions to resist on the ground" [Read Full Statement -CLICK HERE]

Hamas Television Host:
           "We know that the Palestinian public is a civilian public. Even the Palestinian Authority Security Forces - traffic police and the civil defense - are all civilian forces. Even the Jihad fighters in the battleground are actually Palestinian civilians fulfilling their religious and national duty. This is why [we cannot make] the distinction and say 'a civilian car', 'a civilian target' and so on - since we have no regular army and no real military targets, as the occupation is trying to claim in its propaganda." [Watch Full video- CLICK HERE]

Hamas Commander Mohammad Deif:
           "There will be no cease-fire without (Israel's) lifting of the seige.  Victory will be ours." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri:
           "All Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshaal:
           "We receive calls from mediators from Arab and Western sides to broker a cease-fire...We say to those who ask us for a lull: Go back!" [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Ministry of Interior spokesman Ilyad al-Buzu:
           "Answering the occupation's [Israel's] calls will merely aid it in carrying out its plans to weaken the [Palestinian] home front and to destroy property and homes as soon as you leave them. We call on all our people who have left their homes to return to them immediately." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri:
           "The people oppose the Israeli fighter planes with their bodies alone... I think this method has proven effective against the occupation. It also reflects the nature of our heroic and brave people, and we, the [Hamas] movement, call on our people to adopt this method in order to protect the Palestinian homes." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri:
           "We are not leading our people to execution, we are leading them to death - I mean, to confrontation." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshaal:
           "We reject the cycle of cease-fire and negotiations. We rejected it today and we will reject it in the future." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Chief of Staff Muhammad Deif:
           "Today you [Israelis] are fighting divine soldiers, who love death for Allah like you love life, and who compete among themselves for Martyrdom like you flee from death." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

Hamas Propaganda Commercial on Al-Aqsa TV:
           "Zionists, wait and see terror attacks, stabbing everywhere. Wait for suicide attacks on every bus, cafe and street. Wait for the rage and for revenge for Gaza, wait for the flames of the West Bank, inside you." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]


Abu Al-Einein, senior advisor to President Abbas:
           "Let every hour of the settlers' presence on our land be a source of threat and terror for them. Let us deprive their lives of security, so that the Palestinian land becomes a minefield against the occupation." [Read Full Statement - CLICK HERE]

President Mahmoud Abbas:
           "Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory. [Quoting from Surah 22:39.]"