Hamas Head Defiant in Speech

    Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, left, and Hamas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh wave to Palestinian Hamas supporters during a rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, in Gaza city, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The Leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas vowed to continue fighting Israel Saturday as hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Gazans turned out for a mass rally to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, which has seen its clout and regional acceptance soar since last month's eight-day conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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    That’s the way to foster peace! The political head of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, addressed a crowd of thousands at the 25th anniversary of the Islamic group, saying that Israel would be wiped out through “resistance” or military might. In case that wasn’t clear, he added that an Islamic Palestinian state in Israel would not be conceived through negotiations. The speech, given in Gaza City, marks the first time Meshal has been back in Gaza in 45 years since his exile. Aside from the usual “we’ll never recognize Israel as a legitimate state” speech, he said that the ceasefire was a great military achievement for Hamas.

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