Hamas head Khaled Mashaal’s latest anti-Israel declarations, made during his visit to Gaza, expose Hamas’ true face, President Shimon Peres said Sunday. Hamas is “a terrorist group that favors killing and refusal to compromise, and seeks to keep the poor of Gaza in poverty,” he accused.
Speaking at the Globes business conference, Peres also mentioned the government’s recent decision to allow construction in the E1 area east of Jerusalem. There have been many discussions of E1 in the past, he noted. “I believe that E1 needs to be dealt with as part of the ‘settlement blocs’ in a future diplomatic agreement,” he said.