Speaking exclusively to Sky News, in the first interview since the end of mediation talks in Egypt, a senior official Hamas The official said the fight will continue “with all means” until an independent Palestinian state is established.
“We can defeat Israel, we can target Israel, we have targeted Israel many times,” said Dr Ghazi Hamad.
“Israel stole my land. We are the victims. You have to understand, we are the victims of the occupation. We don’t trust Israel. We do not believe that Israel is interested in peace.
Dr Hamad said he refused to recognize the State of Israel and did not rule out another conflict:
“Everything is open. Hamas is trying to avoid wars, we are trying to protect our people, we are trying to give people a good life here, but the occupation is all the time right in front of my eyes. “
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In recent days, senior Hamas leaders have visited neighboring Egypt, negotiating a longer ceasefire with Israel.
Talks have stalled on the details of a prisoner swap – Hamas demands the release of hundreds of Palestinians, in exchange for two living Israelis and the bodies of two dead soldiers.
Israel and Gaza have fought four wars since 2006.
The two parties regroup after the last eleven day conflict in May which killed at least 243 people in Gaza and 12 in Israel.
More than 100 of them were women and children, all Palestinians except two.
“Okay, we can be killed, they can come and destroy everything, but at the same time Israel will never see stability unless the Palestinians see stability and security,” Dr Hamad told Sky News .
“It is our right, our national right (to strike at Israel). Israel must understand that sooner or later we will win, for we are the owners of this land. “
About 1.6 million people live in Gaza – half of whom are children – while about 50% of the adult population is unemployed, almost all of the water is not drinkable, and 64% live in extreme poverty .
Israel accuses Hamas of inciting violence by firing rockets at southern Israel and claims it is only responding in self-defense.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry responded to the interview by stating: “Hamas is a terrorist organization that commits a double war crime by shooting Israeli civilians from civilian population centers in the Gaza Strip and uses its own people as a human shield.
“Hamas’ view on peace slaughters all Israelis as we have seen repeatedly in their statements as well as in their version of the final solution to Israel.
Dr Hamad’s threats to Israel undermine recent optimism, especially in the Palestinian media, that a deal could be reached between the two sides to extend the cease-fire.
The Israeli coalition government is fragile and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett knows that a prisoner swap will be heavily criticized by the right wing of his party.
It is also believed that the Israeli government could buy time to ensure that the state budget receives enough support to go through the Knesset next month.
But although both sides claim to want peace and say escalation of violence would not be in their best interests, the political gap between the two still appears to be wide.