Israel's Gaza ground offensive bound to fail: Hamas chief

Meshaal says Israel failed to achieve through its air, sea raids

DOHA, Qatar – Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said on Friday that Israel's ground operation in Gaza was destined to fail in his remarks here in the Qatari capital.

“What the occupier Israel failed to achieve through its air and sea raids, it will not be able to achieve with a ground offensive. It is bound to fail,” he said. In Gaza, a Hamas spokesman said earlier Israel will pay a high price for launching the ground operation and that the Palestinian movement was ready for the confrontation.

Meshaal said Hamas has clear demands, including an end to the aggression and collective punishment against Palestinian people in Gaza and in the West Bank, as well as the lifting of the Gaza siege. He insisted that the source of the problem lies with the Israeli occupation and the construction of settlements which he said the Palestinian people are determined to get rid of sooner or later.

The Hamas leader also called on the international community to assume its responsibility and put an end to Israeli terrorism.

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