The notorious leader of Hamas' military wing, Mohammad Deif, is alive and kicking. And, apparently, writing as well.
The shadowy leader has broken his two-year silence in the forward to a new book issued by Hamas in honor of group members killed in Gaza. Deif vowed Hamas would continue it fight.
The highest a man can aspire to is the honor of martyrdom, writes Deif, who is introduced as the commander-general of the 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.' The life of a 'shahid' leads to either victory or death, he writes: "We vow to follow in the path of the heroic shahids, in the path of Sheikh Yassin, in the path of those who have chosen to fight the enemy."
Hamas and Israel have been observing a truce since June, however the group has said it is increasing its combat training in preparation for future fighting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report