On Israel

Nasr al-Shammary, November 27, 2019

“Based on our religious duty and principles, we believe that there is an inevitable confrontation with Israel. Therefore, we surely will take part in such a war against the Zionist entity alongside the other movements, on top of which is the Lebanese Hezbollah. If there had been a war between Hezbollah and Syria at one front and Israel at another front, we would be at the front of the Mujahideen who fight Israel in order to regain the rights of the Arab and Islamic nations.”“Iraq’s pro-Iran movement to take part in any war against Israel,” Middle East Monitor, November 28, 2019, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191128-iraqs-pro-iran-movement-to-take-part-in-any-war-against-israel/.

Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General, January 16, 2015

“We are busy in Lebanon, in Syria and probably in other places. But our utmost priority remains to stay ready to confront Israel.”“Nasrallah warns Israel against any "stupid" moves in Lebanon, Syria,” Al Akhbar, January 16, 2015, http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/23240.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, January 2015

In reference to the EU’s appeal against the ruling that Hamas should be removed from the terror list: “[The EU appeal] reflects the European bias to the Israeli occupation and it provides the occupation with a legitimacy to kill Palestinian civilians.”“EU to Appeal Against Ruling that Hamas Should Be Off Terror List,” Irish Times, January 19, 2015, http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/eu-to-appeal-against-ruling-that-hamas-should-be-off-terror-list-1.2071714.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, November 2014

“[Israeli officials are] legitimate targets for the resistance.” “Hamas Says Israeli Leaders Are ‘Legitimate Targets’,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2014, http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-says-israeli-leaders-are-legitimate-targets/.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, November 2014

In reference to the November 18, 2014 terror attack at the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem in which four Jews and one Druze policeman were killed: “The operation in Jerusalem is a response to the murder of the martyr Yusuf Ramouni and to the series of crimes by the occupier at Al-Aqsa and Hamas calls to continue these operations. Hamas calls for more operations like it.” Lazar Berman, “Hamas spokesman said to have harassed female foreign reporter,” Times of Israel, December 7, 2014, http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-spokesman-said-to-have-harassed-female-foreign-reporter/.

Ali Khamenei, October 16, 2014

“Fighting the Zionist regime (Israel) is a war of destiny.”“Leader Urges Palestinian Resistance Groups to Enhance Defense Capabilities,” Fars News Agency, October 16, 2014, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930724000739.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, September 2014

In reference to the summer 2014 kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers: “Hamas praises the role martyrs Abu Aysha and Kawasme played in chasing down Israeli settlers and we stress that their assassination will not weaken the resistance.” Ali Sawafta, “Israel says its troops kill Hamas men accused of slaying teens,” Reuters, September 23, 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/23/us-palestinians-israel-idUSKCN0HI09H20140923.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, August 2014

“We did not start this war. It was imposed on us. We will defend ourselves as long as the Israeli occupation chooses to fight us.” Amelia Smith, “Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri on Israel's targeted assassinations, lifting the siege on Gaza and Egypt's role in the crisis,” Middle East Monitor, August 11, 201, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/interviews/13395-hamas-spokesperson-sami-abu-zuhri-on-israels-targeted-assassinations-lifting-the-siege-on-gaza-and-egypts-role-in-the-crisis.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, August 2014

“There are also military goals related to the destruction of Israeli deterrence and power and showing that the power of this occupation is no more than a big lie.” Amelia Smith, “Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri on Israel's targeted assassinations, lifting the siege on Gaza and Egypt's role in the crisis,” Middle East Monitor, August 11, 201, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/interviews/13395-hamas-spokesperson-sami-abu-zuhri-on-israels-targeted-assassinations-lifting-the-siege-on-gaza-and-egypts-role-in-the-crisis.

Ali Khamenei, July 24, 2014

“The armed resistance by the Palestinians is the only way to confront Israel.”“Supreme Leader: Palestinians Need to Continue Armed Resistance Against Israel,” Fars News Agency, July 24, 2014, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930502001016.