"Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land," he told the crowds, saying he wanted the Palestinians to have all the territory that makes up modern-day Israel.
"We will never recogniזe the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation and therefore there is no legitimacy for Israel, no matter how long it will take," he said.
Hamas said 500,000 attended the four-hour rally, held under a leaden winter sky.
These are the words of Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas, at a rally celebrating Hamas's 25th anniversary on Dec. 6, 2012.*
It is difficult, if not impossible, to understand how anyone can read such words, and then remember the similar spoken words of the Iranian president, and continue to heap criticism on the threatened country, Israel.
Just imagine the outcry if Palestine were described in equivalent words by Israeli leaders!
*Haaretz (a leading Israeli newspaper) Dec. 8, 2012