Saleh Al-Arouri, the Deputy Chairman of Hamas' Political Bureau, said in a March 28, 2022 interview on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) that the recent terror attacks in the Israeli cities of Beersheba and Hadera constitute a "new expression" of the Palestinians' confrontation with Israel. Al-Arouri did not mention that the attacks were carried out by ISIS supporters. He then criticized the Negev Summit in Sde Boker, Israel and said that any meeting, normalization, coordination, or cooperation with Israel constitutes aggression against the Palestinian people. He accused the Arab countries of serving their personal interests and said that the situation in Palestine should resemble that in Ukraine, with Arabs arming and supporting the Palestinians like the West arms and supports the Ukrainians.
Saleh Al-Arouri: "The recent [ISIS] operations in Beersheba and Hadera constitute a new level of expression of our people's confrontation with the occupation. They truly manifest our people's rejection of the canceling of their history and identity, and their assimilation into this plundering occupation.
"These operations constitute an escalation to a new level, and the occupation must now take into account that our people will confront it even with weapons and attacks. They will confront the occupation. We rely on our people in [Israel] to play a key role in confronting the occupation in everything.
"We have continuous meetings with our brothers in Hizbullah, both open and secret.
"Most meetings are secret maybe. Hizbullah is a Lebanese Islamic resistance movement that fought and expelled the occupation from Lebanon. It is still ready to confront the occupation, and to repel any aggression by the occupation against Lebanon or this nation.
"Any measure towards the legitimization of this [Zionist] entity, normalization of relations with it, or cooperation with it constitute an aggression against our people, our nation, our holy places, and our Jerusalem.
"Whoever goes to that entity, sits with them, coordinates with them, and cooperates with them represents an aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and all of Palestine.
"All the empty words about how they talked about an independent state and about the rights of the Palestinian people are inappropriate. Unfortunately, Israel is now becoming an ally of some of the Arab regimes. An ally against whom? Against our people, our rights, our holy places, and against the countries that have been living in this region for thousands of years.
"They do this to defend their small, personal interests. See what is happening in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia. All of Europe is pouring weapons, volunteers, and money on Ukraine. Europe, America, and the West are fighting there themselves. Why don't the Arabs play the same role with regard to Palestine?
"After all, Palestine is an Arab and Islamic land, and an inseparable part of Arab national security. Instead, they meet in the Negev, near the grave of Ben-Gurion [in Sde Boker], the founder of this entity, who stuck the dagger in the heart of the Islamic nation."