“Senior Hamas leader calls for third intifada,” by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post, December 25:
A senior Hamas leader called on Tuesday for a third intifada and the resumption of suicide bombings against Israel.
The demand came in response to the government’s recent decision to approve the construction of hundreds of housing units in east Jerusalem and Ma”aleh Adumim.
Ahmed Halabiyeh, director of the Jerusalem Department in Hamas, said that armed Palestinian groups, including Hamas, should initiate a confrontation with Israel over its plans to build new apartments in Jerusalem and its suburbs.
The Palestinians, he added, should resort to various methods of resistance, first and foremost “martyrdom operations in the heart of Israel.”
He urged Palestinians to “ignite a third intifada to save the Aksa Mosque and Jerusalem.”
The “enemy is waging a fierce onslaught on Jerusalem and accelerating plans to Judaize the city geographically and demographically,” he told reporters in Gaza City.
Israel, he charged, was spreading the “cancer of settlements to all parts of Jerusalem.”
The Hamas official also accused Israel of working to undermine the foundations of the Aksa Mosque to bring about its collapse so it could replace the structure with the Third Temple.
Halabiyeh urged Arabs and Muslims to declare a state of full mobilization to “liberate Jerusalem, the Aksa Mosque and Palestine.”…
Abu Rudaineh also condemned Israel’s decision to withhold tax and customs revenues belonging to the PA as a “criminal and aggressive act.”
Israel would have to bear the consequences of its actions, he declared.
But the “Palestinian” jihadists, not so much.