Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal threatened Wednesday to avenge the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. "The talks about revenge are over and execution time is here," he said.
He added that "today is the day of action and we believe in the ability of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades."
In a televised speech from Damascus, broadcast to a conference in the Gaza Strip, Mashaal called on the world to add Israel to the list of terror organizations. He said that "the manhunt for al-Mabhouh's murderers is in Dubai's interest, just like it is in Hamas' interest."
Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for Hamas' military wing, said during the northern Gaza conference that "the decision to seek revenge has already been made, and all that's left for the Zionist criminals is to wait.
"Our mission is to punish you and your mission is to continue living under the fear of our response. We will be the one to determine the appropriate way and time and location. We won't say when and where, but prepare to absorb the fire of our rage in our special way and in our special execution in the chosen time and place."
Abu Ubaida said that the organization was capable of retaliating, "and if you carried out your crime through the Mossad, we have the way which will hurt you. We are no here to eulogize the shahid (martyr). We are here to say that revenge is coming, coming, coming. Today you hear it in words and tomorrow you'll see it in fire and actions."