In a fresh development in the Israel-Hamas conflict, a senior member of Hamas said that if given a chance, the terror group would 'repeat' similar assaults like the October 7 attack until Israel is exterminated.
During an interview with Lebanese Television channel LBC, a member of Hamas's political bureau, namely Ghazi Hamad, said that Israel is a country that has no place on their land and that they must remove it because it constitutes a security, military, and political catastrophe to the Arab and Islamic nations.
He further said that Israel's existence is "illogical" and that it must be wiped off all "Palestinian lands," a term the Hamas terror group uses to refer to the West Bank, Gaza and Israel minus the Golan Heights.
As they were asked whether this meant the complete annihilation of Israel, Hamas replied, "Yes, of course.”
"We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do it twice and three times. The Al-Aqsa Deluge (the name Hamas gave its October 7 onslaught) is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth," Hamad added.
"Will we have to pay a price? Yes, and we are ready to pay it. We are called a nation of martyrs, and we are proud to sacrifice martyrs," he further said.
Additionally, Hamad also repeated the assertion that Hamas had not intended to harm civilians, but that there were "complications" on the ground.
Additionally, over the past three weeks, there has been evidence of terror attacks against Israeli civilians that were part of the instructions given by Hamas commanders.
Last week, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) released a video clip, purportedly showing Hamas terrorists confessing their active participation in the deadly terror attacks in southern Israel. These terrorists went from house to house and executed or burned entire families, and some 260 civilians were massacred at the outdoor music festival on October 7.
"We are the victims of the occupation. Period. Therefore, nobody should blame us for the things we do. On October 7, October 10, October one-millionth, everything we do is justified," Hamad said.
Nearly 3,000 Hamas terrorists on October 7, burst across the border into Israel from the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea, and killed some 1,400 people, taking at least 245 hostages of all ages under their cover as they attacked by thousands of rocket fire at Israeli towns and cities, according to The Times of Israel.
Moreover, the majority of those killed by Hamas terrorists were civilians, including babies, children, and the elderly. Entire families were executed in their homes.
However, following the terror attack, Israel retaliated with a large-scale military offensive in Gaza aimed at destroying Hamas infrastructure and vowed to eliminate the entire terror group.
The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has attacked over 11,000 Hamas targets since its ground operation, Jerusalem Post reported.
Several countries have backed Israel in the terror attack by Hamas. UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly posted a clip of Hamad's interview on X, showing support for Israel, and said, "How can there be peace when Hamas are committed to the eradication of Israel? This is an official from Hamas committing to repeat the atrocities from 07/10 again and again."
Meanwhile, US presidential candidate Nikki Haley said, "Believe terrorists when they tell you who they are. This is why there should be no ceasefire until Hamas is destroyed."