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Hamas leader vows his group will never recognize Israel.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, whose group runs the Gaza Strip, said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headed by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas had made a "historic mistake" by recognizing Israel.
"We said it five years ago and we say it now ... we will never, we will never, we will never recognize Israel," Haniyeh told the gathering which some organizers said was attended by around 250,000 people.
The article from Reuters explains that the Islamist extremist also "voiced confidence that Hamas, which defeated Abbas's long-dominant Fatah movement in a 2006 election and seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 from forces loyal to the Palestinian leader, would win any future ballot."
And why, again, is it that Israel is treated as the aggressor, again? Because they won against multitudes of enemies 43 years ago? Time to admit defeat and get to the dealing table. For rational Palestinians not devoted to death as a bargaining chip.