Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Haniyeh: Palestinians will not recognize Israel
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday that 
Palestinians would not recognize Israel, despite the siege on Gaza and two 
"We had two wars in which hundreds of people died, and thousands of acres of 
land were destroyed, but Palestinians did not and will not recognize 
Israel," the Gaza premier said as he welcomed international activists to the 
Haniyeh said Israel's blockade aimed to limit the influence of the Islamic 
model outside the Gaza Strip, and to isolate Palestine in an attempt to 
force Palestinians to recognize Israel and accept the conditions of the 
Mideast Quartet.
The premier thanked activists who came to Palestine, describing solidarity 
visits as a holy duty, and he urged more supporters to come.
Haniyeh said aid groups who visited Gaza in solidarity had a political and a 
humanitarian message, showing that Gaza did not stand alone.
"These groups, along with the help of God and the Palestinian steadfastness, 
eased the siege," he added.
The Hamas leader highlighted his government's efforts to generate support 
for Jerusalem.
"The (Israeli) occupation built a hundred synagogues around al-Aqsa to 
deceive the world and falsify facts," he added.
Haniyeh also called on Palestinians to support of the Arab and Palestinian 
prisoners of Israel, particularly those on hunger strike. 

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