Hamas Politburo Chief: Netanyahu Indictment Raises Palestinian Morale

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Head of the Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rafah Medical Complex in the southern Gaza Strip, on November 23, 2019.

Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh told reporters in Rafah on Saturday that “the decision to indict [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu raises the morale of the Palestinian people,” according to a report by Asharq al-Awsat.

Haniyeh, who made the remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hospital in the city, said that serious corruption charges against the prime minister were a sign “of more steadfastness” for the Arabs, and added that the indictment would encourage more “resistance, both popular and armed.”

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