Editor’s Note: Hamas will not except anything less than the expulsion of Israel. This situation has no peaceful ending in sight.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has said he’s not ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying that under Israeli occupation, Israel and a state of Palestine cannot coexist.
“When Israel practically commits itself to withdraw from Gaza completely and the West Bank without any settlements, and if we have Jerusalem as our capital and the return of the refugees is there, then we will reach peace,” Meshaal said through a translator in an exclusive interview with Charlie Rose, which will appear in full on PBS.
He compared the Hamas-Israel conflict to the American Revolution.
“Was it peaceful? Did you not kick the British out? So the nations, if they have the peaceful window to reach peace then they will better. Because we don’t like to kill our sons and daughters. But if you don’t have the peace then the resistance is legitimate. So the world has two choices: they need to help us peacefully reach [statehood] or we will expel this occupation from our land.”
Meshaal expressed his frustration with how the international community was responding to the conflict.
“Why do you call for security for Israel and why don’t you call for lifting the siege and stopping the occupation on the Palestinians? Why don’t you give the right to live for the Palestinians as the other nations? This is actually the last occupation in the world,” said Meshaal.