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November 21, 2002

Hamas leader reiterates suicide attack policy, hints at shift in tactics

Hamas Loud and clear...Destroy Israel.
CAIRO (AFP) — Hamas political chief Khaled Mishaal reiterated his resistance group's policy of carrying out suicide attacks on Israeli targets, but hinted at a possible shift in tactics, in remarks published Wednesday.
Mishaal, in an interview with the Arab-language daily Al Hayat, was asked if Hamas would continue suicide attacks.

“Of course,” he said, “it is our legitimate right.”

Hamas, which rejects the right of the Jewish state to exist on Palestinian lands, “can resort to all forms of resistance (against Israeli occupation), and suicide attacks are part of that,” he said.

“But Hamas can modify its tactics according to its interests,” he added, without elaborating.

Even so, he insisted there is “currently no change in the movement's policy, which is based on the pursuit of resistance in all its forms, including suicide attacks.”

On Nov. 16, Mishaal denied Hamas was considering halting suicide attacks and accused Israel of rejecting “initiatives” to arrive at a truce on the issue.

In an interview published in the Arabic-language daily Asharq Al Awsat, he said “Hamas' position has not changed and it consists of continuing the resistance until the end of the (Israeli) occupation.
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