Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh speaks to the press in the southern Gaza Strip - Said Khatib / AFP
CAIRO – 15 December 2017: Ismail Haniyeh, political chief of Hamas, promised Thursday to frustrate the Trump administration over the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, “forever.”
“There is nothing called the state of Israel to have a capital called Jerusalem,” Haniyeh stated during the 30Th anniversary of Hamas’s founding, it is one of the main Palestinian factions.
Haniyeh stated that Hamas aims to achieve two main goals: force Trump to rescind his “unjust” decision regarding the status of Jerusalem and to foil what is called the “deal of the century.”
Describing Trump’s decision as, “no less dangerous than the Balfour Declaration,” Haniyeh swore to frustrate it.
The Balfour Declaration was issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
In a “unilateral” action, as described by some officials, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a televised speech from the White House on December 6 and promised to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.