Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haneyya called Wednesday on the Palestinian people as well as the Arab and Islamic nations to stand united against the Israeli occupation, according to Palestinian local agencies.
During Eid al-Fiter sermon, Haneyya said that the regional and sectarian conflicts and the bloody bombings aim at diverting the compass from Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Eid has come this year while we are witnessing very difficult and tough days,” Haneyya said in reference to the bombing attacks that targeted Saudi Arabia. Jerusalem, prisoners’ issue, adding “Palestine are our compass that must not change,” he stressed. Haneyya strongly condemned the bloody attacks targeting the Prophet’s Mosque in the city of Medina, and Istanbul airport in Turkey.
On the other hand, the senior leader in Hamas Movement stressed that Palestinian prisoners’ issue is on the top priorities of the Palestinian people.
Palestinian resistance is ready to reach a new prisoner swap deal, he said, denying media reports about ongoing negotiations with Israeli authorities over a prisoners exchange deal.
“We will never accept any prisoners deal before the release of Palestinian ex-prisoners who were earlier released during Shalit swap deal”. Israeli occupation has failed to put down the ongoing Jerusalem Intifada, he said, hailing the strong determination of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and al-Khalil in particular.
Haneyya concluded by thanking Qatar and Turkey for working to alleviate Israeli siege on Gaza, and Egypt for opening Rafah crossing.