Hamas terrorist leader Ismail Haniyeh has said over the weekend that his group has rockets that can strike anywhere in Israel.
”Our missiles cover all of Israel, and the leadership of the Zionist entity knows that aggression on its part will be met with a harsh response from us,” Haniyeh said at a meeting with Turkish journalists that was broadcast by video conference from his Gaza office.
Asked about the relationship of his movement with Iran, the terrorist leader confirmed that a delegation of senior terrorist officials had arrived in Tehran for an official visit lasting several days.
On Saturday, Hamas also confirmed that a new round of financial assistance from Qatar is expected to be transferred to the Gaza Strip this week. The majority of the funds are expected to be transferred in the form of aid to more than 60,000 Palestinian families in need in Gaza. Each family should receive an average of about $100.
Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since it took control of the territory through violence in 2007, is on the lists of terrorist organizations drawn up by Israel and the United States. Hamas refuses to recognize Israel or the peace agreements that have been signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and insists that only force can put an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
“We will oppose an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, although Hamas agrees to a Palestinian state on temporary borders, and this is not a concession on Hamas’ part on the rest of Palestine,” Haniyeh said.
This past Friday, some 6,000 Palestinians in Gaza rioted at the border, burning tires and throwing stones at IDF forces.