BEIRUT (Dispatches) – Hamas’s Political Bureau Chief Ismail Haniyeh has stressed that what the Palestinian resistance movement has taken from the Zionist regime by force will not be given it up during the “Gaza reconstruction talks”.
“What we took by force will not give up during the Gaza reconstruction talks,” he told a popular gathering of Palestinian refugees and representatives of Palestinian factions in Lebanon.
“The battle of the Sword of al-Quds united the Palestinians inside and outside Palestine,” he said. “The Sword of al-Quds achieved a Palestinian consensus on the choice of resistance,” he explained.
Over of 4,000 rockets were fired towards the occupied territories during the operation, killing 11 Zionists and causing millions of dollars in damage to the occupying regime’s various structures and facilities.
The rockets flew throughout the entire expanse of the territories, reaching as far as Tel Aviv, the holy occupied city of al-Quds, and even northern-lying cities such as Haifa and Nazareth, forcing the regime to desperately demand a ceasefire.
The occupying regime conditions the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which it bombed in the 11-day air raids, on the release of Zionist prisoners of war held in the enclave.
Regarding the occupying regime’s use of blackmail, Haniyeh said: “We still have power cards that will deter the occupation and stop its crimes.”
“We will protect the constants of the Palestinians people and maintain them until the liberation of Palestine,” he stressed.
Haniyeh is in Lebanon at the head of a delegation hailing from the Gaza Strip-headquartered resistance movement to hold meetings with senior Lebanese officials and others.
He met with Ziad al-Nakhalah, secretary-general of Hamas’ fellow Gaza-based resistance group of the Islamic Jihad, in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
The two discussed the available mechanisms that could be used towards drawing further benefit from the resistance’s successful recent battle against the Zionist regime.
On Tuesday, Haniyeh met with the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
The two exchanged views on the latest Palestinian military gains against the Zionist regime and ways to achieve “ultimate victory” against the occupier.