The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Islamic Jihad in Palestine today rejected a proposal by Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that he would "accept a future demilitarized Palestinian state."
Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, explained that the Palestinian people aspire to an independent sovereign state that is capable of defending itself. As for Islamic Jihad, its official, Khedr Habib, he denounced Netanyahu's call for a demilitarized Palestinian state as ludicrous while Israel stockpiles nuclear weapons.
Both officials pointed out that Netanyahu's remarks must be seen in the context of media propaganda intended to deceive world public opinion because he (Netanyahu) would not accept a Palestinian state, whether it is armed or demilitarized.
In the event of a decision by the Palestinian Authority to accept the Israeli proposal, the Islamic Jihad official said, "This would not be the end of the road. It does not have the right to accept such because Palestine does not belong to the Palestinian people only, but to the Arab and Islamic nations."