The head of the Hamas Political Bureau said on Sunday that Al-Quds Intifada has undermined the Israeli plans to partition Al-Aqsa Mosque, Quds Press has reported. Khaled Meshaal also pointed out that Israel would carry out its plan when Palestinians are sleeping.
Meshaal made his comments in a recorded speech delivered to a conference organised by Jama'at Islami in the Pakistani city of Karachi. "Al-Aqsa Mosque is facing unprecedented danger," he told the audience. "For years, Israel has been trying to Judaise Jerusalem and desecrating Al-Aqsa Mosque through repeated incursions."
The plan to partition the mosque, explained the Hamas leader, started last year. "However, your brothers at Al-Aqsa Mosque face the Israeli efforts with their bare chests and pay with their blood for the protection of the unity of Al-Aqsa Mosque as an Islamic holy site."
He told the conference that the Palestinians were happy when they received their "brothers from Pakistan" who have visited the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the Israeli siege. Gaza, he noted, is being punished by the siege because it adopts the resistance approach.
Hailing Jama'at Islami in Pakistan, Meshaal said that it is "close to our heart" for its "continuous support" for Palestine and the issues of the Arab and Muslim nations. "Pakistan," he added, "is an Islamic state of which we are proud. We hope for more stability and safety there so that it is able to play a role in helping to resolve regional and international crises."