Hamas: Israel's assault on Gaza 'holocaust', to win election

Meshaal slammed Israel's assault on Gaza as a "holocaust" in which the blood of Palestinian children was being shed to bolster prospects in next month's Israeli elections.

Hamas: Israel's assault on Gaza 'holocaust', to win election

A top Hamas leader says the Gaza war has ended the last chance for negotiations with Israel, calling on Arabs to pressure Tel Aviv to cease its attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Mashaal's comments Saturday come as Hamas teams are in Cairo to negotiate over an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire to end Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Meshaal said, addressing the Israeli people, "I ask you Israelis, what have you achieved from this war you support? What have you achieved except killing innocent children and creating a trace of smashed skulls and a sea of blood drowning Gaza?".

"Holocaust" for election win

Meshaal slammed Israel's assault on Gaza as a "holocaust" in which the blood of Palestinian children was being shed to bolster prospects in next month's Israeli elections.

"What have you achieved except a holocaust your leaders want to win the next Israeli elections with?" Meshaal said.

Meshaal, who lives in exile in Syria, said Israel was deliberately targeting civilians to destroy morale in Gaza.

"Let Israel pull out first, let the aggression stop first, let the crossings open and then people can look into the issue of calm," said Meshaal, in a televised speech in Damascus, the Syrian capital.

Meshaal said the ferocity of the Israeli attacks finished off the last chance and breath for settlement and negotiations.

"You have destroyed the last chance for negotiations. No one will now believe you. Our people are fed up with compromises after they had tried them for so long. A bitter taste is all that's left," he said addressing the Israeli public.

"You should know God's law. There is no future for entities and nations founded on oppression and aggression. This is a law applicable to Muslims, Jews and Christians alike," he added.

Resistance

Meshaal said Israel's offensive on Gaza, which has killed more than 850 Palestinians, had failed, citing rockets still falling on Israel from Gaza and Palestinian resistance to far superior Israeli forces.

"You have created resistance in every household and every town," he said.

Meshaal said Israel had also lost the battle for international public opinion, with worldwide demonstrations and popular anger.

"We are living the most difficult days of the battle. What is needed is fierce resistance on the ground of Gaza and fierce support from the Arab, Islamic and international street until the aggression ends and the enemy withdraws."

"We want another intifada [uprising] in Palestine and on the Arab street," he said, calling on the Arabs to continue protesting.

"Occupation" force

Meshaal said that any international monitoring force in the Gaza Strip would be treated as an "occupation" force.

"Before any negotiations could take place, Israel had to halt attacks, pull out of the Gaza Strip and lift the siege of Gaza," Meshaal said.

He also insisted on Hamas' inclusion, together with the Egyptians and the Europeans, in any monitoring system on the Rafah border.

A 2005 agreement to monitor the Rafah crossing did not include Hamas and the Egyptians have said they will stick to that agreement.


Agencies



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