Hamas Leader Seeks Arab-Muslim Pact Vs Israel-U.S.
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal on Monday called for an Arab and Muslim alliance to defeat the United States and Israel. “Our battle is with two sides, one of them is the strongest power in the world, the United States, and the second is the strongest power in the region (Israel),” he told hundreds of people at the al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus. “That is the caliber of the battle. We will not be victorious unless the other side of the battle is Arab and Muslim.” Meshaal, who survived an Israeli assassination attempt in 1997 in Jordan, said Hamas would avenge the killing of the group’s spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on March 22 and Gaza leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi on Saturday. The Hamas politburo chief vowed Palestinians would “turn Earth on their heads, God willing.” He urged Arabs and Muslims to “make an alliance, even a temporary one.” There are more than 50 Muslim countries around the world, most of which are non-Arab. Full Story