Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at a major congress of his ruling party on Sunday. The three leaders pledged joint opposition to Israel and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Erdogan went as far as to blast Israel's "state terrorism," while Mashaal asserted that "resistance" is the only way to get is the Jewish state to back down from the "occupation."
The Hamas leader, who received a standing ovation, said that his movement is committed to the liberation of Palestine and the creation of a Palestinian state. He did not address his decision to step down from his position as the group's politburo chief.
"We are committed to liberating our land and taking back Jerusalem, dismantling the settlements and bringing back refugees, freeing the prisoners jailed by the Zionist occupier and establishing a real Palestinian state, with true sovereignty in spite of the enemy," he said.This news doesn't make it onto the Huffington Post, because there is no reason to violate the myth of the poor innocent suffering Palestinians.
Mashaal stressed that "resistance" is the only means towards reinstating the Palestinians' rights. He said that all other international attempts to press Israel to back down have failed."