Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, said in a December 2, 2023 interview on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) that the population in Gaza completely supports the resistance. He said that if this were not the case, people would not be able to bear the sacrifices and you would hear people who are angry with Hamas. Al-Arouri said that America is "morally bankrupt" regarding its policy on Palestine and that it is more Nazi and fascist than "the Zionist entity itself." Regarding the hostage situation in Gaza, Al-Arouri said that there will be no more prisoner swaps until the war is over and then the "Zionist prisoners" will be released only when all the Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are released.
Saleh Al-Arouri: "The official and final position of the Hamas movement and the resistance is that there will be no more prisoner swaps before the end of the aggression, and before there is a final and complete ceasefire.
"We have said, since day one, that those Zionist prisoners would be exchanged for all the prisoners of the Palestinian people held by the occupation, and we are still saying this. Let everybody know that the Zionist prisoners will not be released, unless all of our prisoners are released, and only after there is a ceasefire.
"America is morally bankrupt regarding anything related to the conflict in Palestine. It has become more Nazi and fascist than the Zionist entity itself.
"The resistance is ready for all possible scenarios – whether [Israel] conducts war in air or land, or goes into each and every street and alley. The resistance is ready and is empowered by the support of the population. The entire population supports the resistance.
"If there was a rift between the resistance and the people, our people would have been unable to bear all these sacrifices, and you would hear people who are angry with the resistance, (but) they believe in the message of the resistance, and believe that this message is sacred and serious. Therefore, we are saying to our people and to the world: 'You do not need to worry about the resistance.'"