Hamas Political Bureau member and former interior minister Fathi Hammad said that Hamas has an army now and that it has become "the leading manufacturer of missiles among Arab countries." Hammad added that Hamas is prepared to sell its missiles to Arab countries, "so that they will launch them against the Jews, not for infighting among themselves." He was speaking on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV channel on December 8.
Fathi Hammad: "Hamas has made a resolute decision to remain steadfast and wage jihad, as the only means to liberate Palestine, and it must not cooperate with any settlement deal."
Fathi Hammad: "Gaza was liberated under the watch of Hamas, through the Jihad of Hamas, with its men, its plans, and its leaders. Gaza has become the first Palestinian area to be liberated in this era, Allah be praised. (Hamas) has proven itself through its rule - the Jihadi, political, progressive rule of Gaza. Allah be praised, nobody has died of hunger or anything. On the contrary, following the liberation of Gaza, our Jihadi, 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam units have become an army, Allah be praised."
Interviewer: "So have other resistance factions..."
Fathi Hammad: "This army has its own industry. Incidentally, we are now ready to sell our missiles to Arab countries. These are advanced missiles. If you look into the missile or weapon industries of developed countries, you will find that Gaza has become the leading manufacturer of missiles among Arab countries - I'm not saying Islamic countries. We are prepared to sell them (to Arab countries) - so that they will launch them against the Jews, not for infighting among themselves."