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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Wednesday that Israeli attacks on Gaza had to stop before any truce proposals could be considered.
"First, the Zionist aggression must end without any conditions... Second the siege must be lifted and all the crossings must be opened because the siege is the source of all of Gaza's problems," he said in a televised speech to Palestinians through the airwaves of the Aqsa TV that was leveled to the ground days earlier.
"After that it will be possible to talk on all issues without any exception," Haniyeh said, referring to recent truce proposals raised by all parties, including Israel.
Haniyeh was speaking from an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, which has suffered the deadliest Israeli attacks since 1948 as at least 394 Palestinians have been martyred.
Haniyeh sounded a defiant tone, saying the resistance group that controls the Gaza Strip will eventually win the fight against Israel.
"We tell the Palestinian people in Gaza and everywhere that you will win, inevitably," Haniyeh said. "Victory is near, God willing, and it is closer than people think."
Palestinian resistance fighters have launched some 400 rockets into occupied territories, largely bringing daily life in settlements to a standstill for about half a million settlers. Four Israelis have been killed in the rocket fire so far.
In his speech, Haniyeh said: "What is happening in Gaza is not normal aggression. It is a real war, a war without morals, with neither principles nor laws. It is a war of elimination against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip."
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, earlier on Wednesday said that Israel is hesitating to launch a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip for fear of failure ahead of elections. "What is happening in Gaza is a victory, despite all the pure blood being spilled," said Sayyed Nasrallah.
Haniyeh concluded his strong speech by saying that “Gaza after the war will not be the same Gaza before the war.”