Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal had just finished a speech about the latest Israeli assault on Gaza.
The following is a rough, edited translation of the speech:
This speech is first and foremost addressed to you, champions of al-Qassam. You will bring us victory, God willing.
Our circumstances today are unorthodox, because calls have rained on us from the West and the East, telling us to exact restraint, to give in for a ceasefire as though the problem came from us, as though it started from Gaza.
No, we’ve listened to [Netanyahu] justify Israel’s assault on Gaza and saw it being adopted by Western leaders, and we will not stand by it.
Netanyahu committed massacres against our people and against us, he sought to divide Jerusalem, and called for his people to attack ours.
When we declared a consensus government, Netanyahu started to tear at this government because he felt threatened.
Netanyahu let our people in Gaza starve and crave water as the Holy month of Ramadan fell upon us.
Netanyahu declared war on the consensus government and intensified arbitrary arrests. Our Palestinian people will not surrender, and it is because of [our people’s] anger–a blessed anger–that we will not stop. This unnerves Netanyahu.
There is an Israeli offensive on Gaza, and the Qassam Brigades retaliated with a limited offensive. However, the enemy escalated as it killed the brave Qassam soldiers two days ago. And the enemy began its systematic house demolition strategy, destroying houses where families still lived in. Continue reading