GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The leader of Hamas rejected an American proposal for a detailed timeline to ease Palestinian movement and improve Israeli security, instead threatening new violence against Israel despite wary Palestinian government support for the U.S. plan.
The Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, said Israel is planning a military operation against the Palestinians.
“We in Hamas are also preparing ourselves for battle, and we expect hot months,” he said. He urged all Palestinian groups to “seriously prepare themselves for battle.”
Israel said Mashaal's comments show the true nature of the group.
“We never had any illusions as to the policies and goals of the Hamas and unfortunately his remarks do not come as a surprise,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.
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