Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) aired Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's October 7, 2023 statement on Operation Al-Aqsa Deluge, in which he called the operation a "great triumph" and said that that the enemy had suffered a political, military, intelligence, security, and moral defeat. He stated that the operation had begun in Gaza and would spread to the West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel within the pre-1967 borders, and to the resistance and Palestinian people abroad. This, he said, was not only a Palestinian battle but that of the entire nation, and went on to call on the sons of the nation to join the battle. Stressing that "We are on the verge of victory," he concluded: "Get out of our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque... This land is ours, Jerusalem is ours, everything is ours."
Ismail Haniyeh: "I say to the sons of our Palestinian people and Arab and Islamic nation: Today, you are on the verge of a great triumph and a manifest victory.
"What happened today reveals the fragility of this enemy. This enemy suffered a defeat today – a political, military, intelligence, security, and moral defeat. Inshallah, we will crown all this with a resounding defeat, and [the enemy] will leave our land, our Jerusalem, our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we will liberate our prisoners.
"The Jerusalem [sic] Deluge started in Gaza, and it will spread to the West Bank, to Jerusalem, and to our people inside [pre-1967 Israel], as well as to the resistance and our Palestinian people abroad. This is not the battle of the Palestinian people alone, or Gaza alone. Gaza is the pillar of the resistance, but since the battle has to do with the land of Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is the battle of the entire nation. Therefore, I call upon the sons of this entire nation, in their various locations, to join this battle any way they can.
"Our goal is clear: We want to liberate our land, our holy places, our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and our prisoners. This is the goal that is worthy of this battle.
"This is a call to our resistance, to our West Bank, to our people, to our resistance abroad, to our strategic allies, to all the sons of this nation: Today is your day. We are on the verge of victory. Let us be partners in creating this great victory, inshallah.
"In conclusion, we say to the enemy that is making threats and going on rampage: Your threats, rampage, and arrogance did not and will not help you. We say one thing: Get out of our land, get out of our faces. Get out of our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque. We do not want to see you on this land. This land is ours, Jerusalem is ours, everything is ours."