Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has emerged from hiding and addressed the recent escalation of violence in the south between Israel and the terrorist groups that control the Gaza Strip.

Haniyeh surveyed the rubble of former office in Gaza City, which had been destroyed in an Israeli air strike.

““The resistance has had the last word, and Israel got the message,” he said. “I am grateful to all parties who helped stop the Zionist arrogance in the Gaza Strip.”

The Hamas leader also called upon ”one million people” Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank to demonstrate in marking the anniversary of the so-called “Return March” this weekend.

Israel is bracing for the effect Haniyeh’s call might have.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has visited the Gaza Division of the IDF, which defends the border area. He met with its commander, General Eliezer Toledano, along with the head of the Southern Command, Major General Herzi Halevi.

“During his assessment of the situation, the chief of staff demanded that the troops be must prepared for various scenarios in the region,” the army said in a statement.

An spokesman for the IDF ha ssaid that they have deployed infantry and artillery reinforcements to the region.