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Hamas interior minister: We might create Gaza defence ministry

Hamas is considering establishing a defence ministry to help train the Palestinian resistance, according to interior minister

Noha Al-Badry , Wednesday 5 Dec 2012
A Palestinian man walks amidst the rubble of destroyed government offices after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 21, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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The interior minister of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Fathi Hamad, announced Wednesday that the Gaza government is considering creating a ministry of defence to aid in the development of the military skills of the Palestinian resistance against its "merciless" enemy Israel.

In a ceremony to honour police officers who incurred injuries during hostilities with Israel, Hamad expressed that the Israeli government is "remarkably stupid and extravagant" and hence the Palestinian army must always be ready to counteract its sudden and foolish actions.

Hamad added a plea to Arab and Muslim countries to "support Palestinians in their resistance by supplying money and weapons," rather than wasting time on "Arab tears" for Gaza or endless debates that go nowhere about the Palestinian conflict on satellite channels.

Hamad remarked that Arab money is "God's money" rather than any specific nation's wealth.

Hamad also called for boycotting American and Israeli products.

Hamad applauded Egypt's recent role as mediator, which helped set in motion the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. He said that all Palestinians — inside and outside of Palestine — are "grateful to President Mohamed Morsi and pray for his success."

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