DAMASCUS 12/28/2008...Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called on Saturday, from Damascus, for Palestinians to wage a new intifada against Israel, including a return to suicide bombing missions.
In an interview on Al-Jazeera television, Meshaal said: "We called for a military intifada against the enemy. Resistance will continue through suicide missions."
Hamas has not carried out a suicide attack on Israel since January 2005.The first intifada, or uprising, broke out in 1988, and was followed by the 1993 Oslo peace accords, which led to a certain degree of Palestinian autonomy with the creation of the Palestinian Authority.A second intifada broke out in 2000 and eventually ran out of steam three years later.
Meshaal said Hamas had accepted "all the peaceful options, but without results." He said that for there to be any talks with the people of Gaza, "the blockade must be lifted and the crossings (from Israel) opened ... notably that in Rafah," which leads to Egypt.
Meshaal was referring to a blockade imposed on Gaza after Hamas seized control of the overcrowded, impoverished strip in from forces loyal to moderate Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in June 2007.
Israel, the United States and other world powers consider Hamas to be a terrorist group.
Meshaal said he was open to reconciliation with Abbas, but demanded that the Palestinian president cease peace negotiations with Israel. "Neither rockets nor suicide operations are absure, but negotiations are," he said.
Israel hammered Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least 225 people in retaliation for rocket fire, in one of the bloodiest days of the decades-long Middle East conflict.
See my prior post on Ramadan Abdullah Shallah who is also hiding in Damascus Syria, Tuesday, June 24, 2008, FBI MOST WANTED TERRORIST RAMADAN SHALLAH HAS/HAD A WEBSITE HOSTED IN ASHBURN VIRGINIA JUST OUTSIDE WASHINGTON DC, TILL NOW.
Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, heads the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) from Damascus, he had his terrorist website hosted in Ashburn VA, outside Washington DC and FBI's HQ .
Ramadan Abdullah Shallah is on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, see his wanted poster click here. Ramadan Abdullah Shallah spent quite a few years in Tampa Fl at USF, he lived for a while at 12402 Pampas PL Tampa Fl.
Ramadan Abdullah Shallah makes no secret of Iran's involvement in Islamic Jihad activities: "The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is another fruit of the Ayatollah Khomeini's fructuous tree," he said during a 2002 visit to Tehran.