Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh boasted on Wednesday that “a million Israelis went into shock” over the latest rocket attack by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
Haniyeh’s comment came after the Israeli Air Force struck multiple targets in Gaza in response to the rocket that exploded near the town of Gan Yavne in southern Israel.
The Hamas leader claimed Israel’s threats of retaliation did not frighten the Palestinian people, and that the calculus of deterrence weighed against Israel, rather than Hamas.
Haniyeh made his comments during a welcoming ceremony for fellow Hamas leaders Mousa Abu Marzouk, who resides in Egypt, and Imad Al-Amali, who was recently reported to be living in Turkey.
According to Israeli Walla news, the two Hamas leaders had been visiting Turkey and Qatar for medical treatment. Haniyeh remarked that their return was “special and was highly meaningful.”
Haniyeh also took the opportunity to call for an end to Israel’s security blockade on the Gaza Strip, saying, “Enough with the blockade, the pain and the prisons.”
The Hamas leader rejected reports that his organization wished to establish a separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip.
“Gaza is a part of the lands of Palestine, and is at the forefront of the Palestinian issue,” he claimed.