Hamas would never acknowledge the Israeli state, Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist group in Gaza, said Friday, February 10, in Tehran, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur and Haaretz
reported. “They (West) want from us to stop resistance and acknowledge Israel but I herewith announce that this will never happen,” Haniyeh said at a ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution. In a meeting with Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Sunday, Haniyeh was quoted as saying
that the goal of Hamas remained “freedom of all the Palestinian land from the (Mediterranean) sea to the (Jordan) river, the refusal of peace talks and the Islamic character of the Palestinian struggle.” Khamenei warned Hamas against any “compromise” in its fight against Tehran’s nemesis Israel. “Always be wary of infiltration by the compromisers in a resistance organization, which will gradually weaken it,” Khamenei told the visiting Hamas leader.