Khaled Meshaal in Gaza
If the Israelis expected the Hamas to become a Palestinian Judenrat, Hamas' leader Khaled Meshaal made it clear today that this is not going to happen anytime soon.
Meshaal told tens of thousands of people marking Hamas' 25th anniversary that his party will not recognise Israel.
In a fiery speech during his first ever visit to Gaza, he said Palestinians would not cede any part of their land.
Israel’s recent defeat in Gaza made it very clear that Hamas and Islamic resistance is the appropriate answer to Israeli barbarism.
Tens of thousands of Gazans made their way to the Hamas rally earlier today at the al-Qatiba complex west of Gaza City to hear the speech by Mr Meshaal.
"As long as Palestine is ours and Palestine is the land of Arabism and Islam, we can never recognise the legitimacy of Israel's occupation of it," Meshaal told supporters.
"There is no legitimacy for occupation. Hence, there is no legitimacy for Israel, however long time lasts."
The centrepiece of Saturday's rally in Gaza City was a huge replica of a type of rocket Gazans fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the recent weeks.
Israel, the US and the EU still consider Hamas a terrorist organisation. However, the Hamas is now a key player in Middle East politics, and it won’t take long before Israel and its allies are ready to accept it.