Alwaght- Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, leader says Palestinian people will start a fresh intifada (uprising) in response to US president Donald Trump’s recognition of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli regime’s capital.
In a speech, Hamas Political Bureau chief Ismail Haniya affirmed that the Palestinian people would rise up against the Israeli occupation and defend their holy city of al-Quds.
Haniya said in a speech in Gaza City on Thursday that US President’s recognition "killed" the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
"This decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process," he said.
“As we are facing this new equation and such defining political turn resulting from this decision (of Trump), we are demanded to take decisions, formulate policies and develop strategies to confront this new conspiracy against al-Quds and Palestine,” Haniya stated.
“In view of such blatant and blind bias from the US administration and this diabolical alliance that allows itself to decide the fate of al-Quds and its status, we must be as clear as the sun and state our position unequivocally and unambiguously,” Haniya said.
“Al-Quds is united with no east or west. It is a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic city and the capital of the State of Palestine,” he emphasized.
“I say today that Palestine is also a one contiguous and united land extending from the sea to the river and cannot be divided into two states or entities. Palestine and Al-Quds are ours and we do not recognize any legitimacy conferred upon the occupation.”
“There is no Israel on the land of Palestine in order for it to have a capital,” the Hamas official underlined.
"The US decision is an aggression, a declaration of war on us, on the best Muslim and Christian shrines in the heart of Palestine, al-Quds."
"We should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy," Haniya said.
Hours after his speech, Palestinian protesters took to the streets of the occupied West Bank cities, including Ramallah, Al Khalil and Nablus, as well as in the Gaza Strip, to vent their frustration at the US decision.
Trump, ignoring warnings from the international community, announced on Wednesday that the US formally recognizes al-Quds as the capital of the usurper Israeli regime and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.