For those who doubt the ultimate intentions of Hamas, the organization that rules the Gaza Strip, Hamas minister Fathi Hammad made their goals crystal clear in a recent public address, stating that first Hamas will eradicate Israel and then convert the world to Islam.
We shall liberate our land, Allah willing. We shall liberate our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and our cities and villages, as a prelude to the establishment of the future Islamic Caliphate. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are at the threshold of a global Islamic civilization era.
Hammad then urged Fatah, which runs the Palestinian Authority, to join him in eradicating the Jewish presence in Israel, saying:
We just sit and talk to the Jews. Enough with that! Come join us, the legions of the believers, which have translated the Koran into victory, the law of the Prophet’s ancestors into glory, and Jihad into liberation… We shall be coming with a third Intifada, an armed revolution, a Jihadi revolution, Allah willing… Gaza and the West Bank will fuse together, along with our brothers within the 1948 borders, in a second Battle of Hattin, in order to uproot the Jews.
The battle of Hattin was the victory of Saladin, the Muslim general, over the Christian Crusader forces in 1187.
Hammad also said that any member of the Hamas Army who does not join morning prayers will be fired.