Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip declared victory to be closer than ever on Monday.
A 17-day Israeli offensive killed more than 900 Palestinians.
The Hamas cabinet said it continued to function as a government and condemned Israel for its reoccupation of Gaza, saying the invading forces would soon be repelled.
"We confirm to our people that victory is closer than ever," the statement read.
"We confirm out intention to continue to work to stop the terrorists' war against our people, end the siege completely and bring about a reopening of the crossings."
The blood which has flowed will not have flowed in vain as it will bring us victory, thanks be to God," Haniya said.
"I tell you that after 17 days of this foolish war, Gaza has not been broken and Gaza will not fall," he added.
Haniya also said that "the blood of children who have been killed in the conflict would serve as a curse which will come back to haunt (U.S. President George W.) Bush."
Haniya said "any initiative must insist on an immediate halt to aggression, the withdrawal of the Zionist forces from the Gaza Strip and the reopening of the border crossings and a total lifting of the siege of the territory."
Following several days of aerial bombardment, Israeli troops and tanks launched a ground offensive, moving in on the major population centres, including the city of Gaza.
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