Hamas’s Haniyeh: Open for talks on ending war; post-war Gaza without Hamas a ‘delusion’

Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh makes a televised address on December 13, 2023. (Screenshot: X; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh makes a televised address on December 13, 2023. (Screenshot: X; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh says any plan for post-war Gaza that does not involve the Palestinian terror group is just a “delusion.”

“Any arrangement in Gaza or in the Palestinian cause without Hamas or the resistance factions is a delusion,” says Haniyeh in a televised speech.

Haniyeh says he is open to talks for ending the ongoing war and “putting the Palestinian house in order both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”

He says Hamas is ready for talks that could lead to a “political path that secures the right of the Palestinian people to their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Notably, he makes no mention of an Israeli state living alongside this Palestinian state. Hamas openly seeks Israel’s destruction and has vowed to commit similar onslaughts to the one carried out on October 7 until this is achieved.

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