While last month’s deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip may be over, the war of words continues. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the Islamic militant group Hamas when accusing its leader of calling for Israel's destruction at a mass rally recently in Gaza. When he was speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu declared Israel's Palestinian enemies have demonstrated once again that they are not interested in compromise, according to Voice of America.
The new Hamas-Fatah unity reveals the Palestinian Authority’s failure to live up to its pledges to stop incitement. Abbas’ unity with Hamas now unmasks his image of a ‘peace partner’ by binding him as a partner in Hamas' stated goal of killing Jews and destroying Israel. Hamas TV broadcast a few days ago a speech by a Muslim cleric who preached, ‘Our mantle is death to the Jews and to America,’ according to Israel National News
Hamas plans to continue arming itself and an Iranian official has indicated that the Islamic republic intends to continue providing the Palestinian group with weapons. Hamas’ deputy chief Moussa Abu Marzouk declared that while the cease-fire with Israel and its decision to ease the Gaza border blockade was based on Hamas’ willingness disarm itself, that will never happen. Marzouk stated that Hamas wants the weapons to protect itself and will not stop obtaining and manufacturing them. An Iranian diplomat made similar expressions when saying such arms shipments will continue and Iran will help ensure that Hamas remains close to the Islamic republic, according World Net Daily.