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      Haniyeh: There's No 'Palestine' Without Gaza

      There will never be a Palestinian state which does not include Gaza, says Hamas's Prime Minister.
      By Dalit Halevi & Elad Benari
      First Publish: 10/22/2013, 3:44 AM

      Ismail Haniyeh
      Ismail Haniyeh
      Reuters

      Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, has stated that there will never be a Palestinian state which does not include Gaza.

      In a speech he gave Sunday in front of members of the Hamas student union, Haniyeh declared that “there will not be a Palestinian state without Gaza and there will not be a state without a Gaza that stands firm and which was released by the warriors.”

      He said that Gaza is a "valuable part of Palestine and its administration and regime are an integral part of the Palestinian political regime."

      Haniyeh added that Palestinian Authority Arabs have every right “to restore their rights to Jerusalem and the occupied lands.”

      The speech came the day after Haniyeh celebrated the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, on the two-year anniversary of his exchange for 1,027 jailed terrorists.

      In a speech on the occasion of Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, Haniyeh called on Arabs to make pilgrimage to the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, and to “renew the intifada” in Judea and Samaria, in both its “popular” and armed versions.

      He praised the terrorists who carried out recent attacks on Jews in Judea and Samaria, and called on the Arab and Islamic countries to prepare themselves for “the big Al Aqsa Intifada.”

      Haniyeh expressed his strenuous opposition to the negotiations that the Palestinian Authority is conducting with Israel, and explained that they could undermine the Palestinians' “basic rights,” including Jerusalem, borders and “the return of refugees.”

      On Sunday, Hamas’s “military wing”, the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, admitted that it masterminded the "terror tunnel" that was discovered leading from Gaza into an Israeli kibbutz.

      The group admitted that the tunnel was meant to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

      On Friday, Hamas issued a threat to Israel, warning that it will kidnap more Israeli soldiers in order to bring about the release of all PA Arab prisoners.