Hamas Political Bureau member Fathi Hammad, former Hamas minister of the interior, gave an address at a July 12 rally in Gaza, in which he said that "the cleansing of Palestine of the filth of the Jews, and their uprooting from it" would happen by 2022. "The second thing is the establishment of the Caliphate, after the nation has been healed of its cancer – the Jews – Allah willing," said Hammad, stressing that despite Hamas' participation in the peaceful Return March, they had not abandoned the military path of Jihad. His statements aired on the Al-Jazeera network. In another rally, on July 13, Hammad threatened Netanyahu and Lieberman, saying: "We are coming to chop your heads off your necks!"
Fathi Hammad: "On this day, as we are witnessing all that is happening with the grace of Allah, we are looking forward to two important things, which are within sight: The first is the cleansing of Palestine of the filth of the Jews, and their uprooting from it, Allah willing. This is within sight. Four years, my brothers... By 2022, we will be rid of them.
"The second thing is the establishment of the Caliphate, after the nation has been healed of its cancer – the Jews – Allah willing.
"The fact that we are participating in the peaceful Return March does not mean that we have abandoned the military path of Jihad. Our finger is on the trigger, and our plants are operating and working day and night. Every day, we invent something new, using all our strength, our nerves, our bones, and our flesh. Every day, we manufacture more military power. The proof of this is that our enemy continues to be terrified of a war with the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Martyr Brigades and with their brothers in the other factions.
"It is unacceptable that the Jews control some of the Arab states – their regimes, their armies, and their security agencies – while the peoples remain oppressed. Oh peoples of the Arab and Islamic nation, oh Palestinian people, you possess a concealed power that you can detonate in the faces of the Jews and the hypocrites. We expect another Arab Spring from you, with new characteristics – a second Arab Spring, which will focus on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Allah willing. We are your embers and your fuel, Allah willing.
"We say, facing this challenge with courage and bravery: We are coming for you, oh Netanyahu! We are coming for you, oh Lieberman! We are coming to chop your head off your necks! We are coming to chop off that entity and to destroy that army, which our Prophet informed us that we would defeat."