MEMRI has translated an address delivered by Hamas Prime Minister in which he says “we are a nation of Jihad.” According to the MEMRI translation:
Following is an excerpt from an address delivered by Hamas PM Ismail Haniya, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on November 15, 2010.
Ismail Haniya: We are a mujahid nation, a nation that makes sacrifices, a nation of Jihad. Our cries are of Jihad for the sake of Allah. This is a nation of martyrdom and martyrdom-seeking, a nation of Jihad for the sake of Allah.
[The people] make a great sacrifice. They sacrifice their children, their sons, for the sake of Palestine and for the sake of the land of Islam and the Muslims. The might of the nation of Jihad is revealed on the land of Palestine, as well as in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan, and in all the fronts of confrontation with the enemies of Allah.
This is a nation whose beating heart knows no feebleness or confusion. Its beating heart is Palestine and the Palestinian people. It is the nation of martyrdom and sacrifice.
The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an Israeli TV station has reported that in 2008, Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. An earlier media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations. Last June, a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons.