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Haneyya: HAMAS Government will never recognize Israel
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya told half a million Palestinians that his government is legitimate and will not fall. Haneyya was speaking to participants in a rally in Gaza City held on October 6, 2006 in support of the Palestinian government. He added: "Your presence here today is a clear message to the Ummah and to regional and international powers."
He also said that Hamas will remain in this government and any future national unity government and will not recognize the legitimacy of occupation, adding that Hamas will agree to a Palestinian state in lands occupied in 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of Palestinian refugees in return for a truce with Israel but not recognition. He enumerated actions taken by the government to relief Palestinians despite the siege and compared his government spending with that of previous government. He also replied to accusations made against his government regarding the appointment to government positions of 1100 Hamas sympathizers saying that there were no more than a hundred new appointments and they were based on competence not affiliation as the case was in previous governments. With regard to the unity government he said that there were American and Zionist pressures against the formation of such a government because they want a government that complies with their conditions. He told participants that the siege imposed on the government and the people of Palestine was oppressive and immoral and that internal and external forces participated in it in order to bring the Palestinian people to their knees but that would never happen. "We support a national unity government and we would like the national dialogue to succeed." he said demanding that the Palestinian democratic choice be respected.
At the end of his speech he called for comprehensive national reconciliation especially during the holy month of Ramadan and stressing that his government will go to any length to achieve such reconciliation. He also called for an immediate meeting between Fatah and Hamas to bridge the gaps and mend relations.
He closed his speech by repeating three times "we will never recognize Israel" to which the participants cheered.