Following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas MP and cleric Yunis Al-Astal, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on October 25, 2010:
Yunis Al-Astal: Even if we find it difficult to kidnap [Israeli] soldiers due to the rigid security measures, there are still Zionist citizens, living in Palestine, who walk about carefree in many Arab and Islamic countries. It is possible to kidnap soldiers and settlers over there in order to swap them with our prisoners.
The Jews took the confrontation out of Palestine when they assassinated resistance fighters abroad. This means that we will not be blamed when we expand the parameters of our pursuit of Jews.
If the Palestinians are unable to do this, then it becomes the duty of the entire Islamic nation, because the Palestinian cause is not the cause of the Palestinians only.