Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal said Wednesday that the Palestinian people "weren't interested in a fake state that needs to ask for recognition from the international community. It is interested in a real state on its land, without occupation and for true sovereignty on the entirety of Palestine with its capital of Jerusalem."
Mashaal, who was speaking at a reception in Damascus, added that "resistance is the only to respond to the ongoing violations of the occupation. Most of the Palestinian nation believes that the occupation has no legitimacy and only Jihad and resistance will free the land of Palestine." (Roee Nahmias)