Following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas MP Sheik Yunis Al-Astal, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on June 20, 2012.
Sheik Yunis Al-Astal: Allah punished the Israelites many times throughout history. He punished them by means of the Assyrians and the Babylonians. He punished them by means of the Companions of the Prophet in the Arabian Peninsula, at Al-Madina, and at Khaybar. He punished them by means of the Germans, and before that by means of the Romans. Today, it is the turn of the Islamic nation to punish them once again.