Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail HaniyehAbed Rahim Khatib /Flash 90

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has released a call for all Palestinian Arabs to continue the "Al-Quds Intifada," as he termed the current terror wave, and escalate the attacks using a false claim that Al-Quds Mosque on the Temple Mount is being harmed.

In a speech that was recorded and played at a conference in the Turkish capital of Istanbul, Haniyeh said that "the knife of the intifada" defends the name of the Palestinian people and the Arab Islamic nation at its holy places, among them Al-Aqsa Mosque - which is located on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

The "independence actions" - as Haniyeh termed the lethal terror attacks against civilians - that are being conducted by Palestinian Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria express their will, he said.

The Hamas terror leader emphasized that the wave of terrorism will only escalate in force.

Haniyeh concluded by terming the current intifada "a tsunami on the diplomatic front and on the ground," and said this tsunami cuts off the path of negotiations for a false peace, noting that the terror stops diplomatic efforts to reach a peace agreement.