In a public address in Gaza on November 13, Hamas Minister of the Interior Fathi Hammad proclaimed: "We shall liberate our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and our cities and villages, as a prelude to the establishment of the future Islamic Caliphate." In the address, which was broadcast by the Hamas Al-Aqsa TV channel, Hammad called on Fatah to cease negotiations with Israel and declared: "We shall be coming with a third Intifada, an armed revolution, a Jihadi revolution," in which "Gaza and the West Bank will fuse together, along with our brothers within the 1948 borders... in order to uproot the Jews."
Following are excerpts from the address:
Fathi Hammad: We anticipate further victories, in which we shall liberate our land, Allah willing. We shall liberate our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and our cities and villages, as a prelude to the establishment of the future Islamic Caliphate. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are at the threshold of a global Islamic civilization era. The fuel and spearhead of this era will be Gaza, and its mujahideen and leaders will be from Gaza, Allah willing.
My message to our brothers in Fatah is this: Aren't you fed up with the negotiations? Have you not despaired of this enemy, which insists upon humiliating our people each and every time? Have you not despaired, after 20 years of negotiations? All of you, especially the negotiators, agree... Some brothers call Dr. Ishtayeh and other negotiators to learn about the progress of the negotiations. They tell them that they are faltering, at a stalemate. We just sit and talk to the Jews. Enough with that! Come join us, the legions of the believers, which have translated the Koran into victory, the law of the Prophet's ancestors into glory, and Jihad into liberation.
Therefore, we welcome you from the bottom of our hearts: Come join us so that we can retrain you, reorganize your creed, and rebuild your ideology, for we are the students of the Prophet's ancestors, the students of the caliphs, the students of the great leaders throughout history.
We shall be coming with a third Intifada, an armed revolution, a Jihadi revolution, Allah willing. Gaza and the West Bank will fuse together, along with our brothers within the 1948 borders, in a second Battle of Hattin, in order to uproot the Jews. We are a-coming.