Hamas leader calls for comprehensive strategy to confront U.S., Israeli Jerusalem moves

Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-03 10:31:01|Editor: Yamei
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GAZA, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Head of Islamic Hamas movement Ismail Haneya Tuesday called on relevant parties to set up a "comprehensive confrontation strategy" to foil recent U.S. and Israeli moves on Jerusalem.

Based on the ongoing Palestinian Intifada against Israel, the strategy should prepare a unified Palestinian, Arab and Islamic program to confront the Jerusalem decisions, said Haneya in an emailed press statement.

He also called on other countries which support Palestinians and oppose U.S. policies in the region to join them in the unified strategy.

"This strategy needs us to move on two tracks. One is to declare the death of the so-called peace process and the other is to end all types of normalization with the Zionist enemy," said the Hamas leader.

He said neither U.S. President Donald Trump nor Israel's ruling Likud party "would be able to change the identity or the features of Jerusalem, which has always a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic face and identity."

In a vote overnight between Monday and Tuesday, Israel's parliament passed an amendment that will make it more difficult for the government to cede parts of East Jerusalem in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

The new legislation is also likely to heighten even further the tensions sparked by Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6.

Trump's statement has triggered wide protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. At least 13 Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian media.