Hamas demands formal end to peace process

Hamas leader proposes to preempt Israel and US by announcing end of peace process and cessation of all normalization with Israel.

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called today for the formulation of a new overall strategy aimed at thwarting US and Israeli decisions on Jerusalem and re-positioning the Palestinian issue as a national liberation struggle centered on "popular intifada".

Speaking at a press conference Haniya stressed the importance of formulating "a united Arab-Islamic plan in coordination with international bodies that support Palestinian rights" and feel wronged by US policy in the region.

In order to preempt the "American blockade", Haniya suggested working on two political levels: One - declaring the end of the peace process, and the other - a demand to cease all aspects of normalization with Israel.

He accused Israel of seeking to ignite religious wars in the region in order to exhaust the Arab states and involve them in their internal problems. Haniyeh said that the "war for Al Quds" would be decided "in the streets, hills, and houses of Jerusalem and the rest of the Palestinian areas through struggle and determination".

Hamas continues to incite the Arab public into confrontations with Israel, in addition to attempting numerous terror attacks from Judea and Samaria and persuading the Palestinian Authority to renounce the Oslo Accords, stop security coordination, and return to confrontation with Israel as a policy instrument.