Prime Minister Netanyahu condemns anti-Israel remarks at Hamas 25th anniversary celebration, saying "we have always overcome these threats" • At rally attended by hundreds of thousands of Hamas supporters, organization's political chief Khaled Mashaal says "Palestine is ours."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed this weekend's celebrations in Gaza — marking the 25th anniversary of Hamas and the arrival of Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal — telling his cabinet on Sunday that the event proved that the Palestinians did not intend to compromise with Israel.
Referring to the fiery anti-Israel speeches made by Hamas officials at the rally, the prime minister said that "In the last 24 hours we glimpsed, once again, the true face of our enemies. They have no intention to compromise with us, they want to destroy our country, and obviously they will fail. Throughout our history, the people of Israel have always overcome such threats."
On Saturday, in a defiant speech during his first ever visit to Gaza, Mashaal told a mass rally he would never recognize Israel and pledged to "free the land of Palestine inch by inch."
"Palestine is ours, from the river to the sea," Mashaal said, referring to all the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including Jerusalem.
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