Hamas said its alliance with Fatah presaged a “victory over the Jews.” Monday’s Al-Hayat, a London newspaper, quoted Hamas supreme leader Khaled Meshaal as saying that “Israel and its allies are at their most difficult hour, and victory over the Jews is nigh,” in reference to the Palestinian Authority unity government deal. P.A. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, who along with Meshaal signed the coalition agreements in Mecca with P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, reaffirmed that Hamas would not yield to international demands to recognize Israel or renounce terrorism.
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