TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Chairman of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday called for a new Palestinian intifada and a formal end to the so-called peace process with Israel in the wake of the US decision on Quds (Jerusalem).
Haniyeh stressed that more steps are needed to prevent the US from achieving its goals, including formulating “a united Arab-Islamic plan in coordination with international bodies that support Palestinian rights."
Haniyeh added that “Israel and the US decisions make it necessary to act on two political levels.”
“The first one is not to trust the peace process or even to end it. The second is to end the process of normalization with Israel.”
“Against Israel’s strategy, we draw attention to a comprehensive strategy that will invalidate the Israeli and US decisions (on Quds) and make it possible to review the Palestine cause as a national salvation project,” he said.
The Palestinian official emphasized that a program including Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians should be carried out to invalidate the US and Israeli decision on Quds.
Haniyeh’s remarks came after Israel’s parliament, or Knesset, approved a bill late Monday that makes it more difficult to alter Quds’ status, Ankara-based Anadolu Agency reported.
According to the bill, any attempt to change the official status of Quds or its municipal boundaries requires the approval of 80 out of 120 assembly members instead of a simple majority.
The move comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Quds as Israel’s capital, leading to widespread condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world and even US allies.