Meshaal warns of 'third intifada'

The political leader of Hamas says Palestinians could begin a new uprising.

    Meshaal directed his message on Palestinian
    expectations to the international powers

    Discussing Meshaal's talk about a third intifada, Walid Batrawi, Al Jazeera's Ramallah correspondent, said Palestinians are unlikely to back a new uprising.
     
    "On the ground Palestinians have suffered much. Palestinians are looking for a just peace not going to a third intifada when they have no resources for resistance," he said.
     
    "If our demands are not met, the Palestinian people will close all political files and launch a third intifada"

    Khaled Meshaal, Hamas leader

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    Meshaal was upbeat on the prospects for an agreement on a government with Fatah saying that "good strides" had been made, but "more time" would be needed.
     
    The two sides also discussed a potential prisoner-swap deal with Israel over the release of a captured Israeli soldier.
     
    Hamas has said it wants the release of more than 1,000 prisoners in return for the soldier.
     
    Israel has occupied the West Bank and Gaza since 1967.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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