HAMAS SAYS IT WON'T CAVE IN TO ISRAEL AND US PRESSURE
RUSSIA TO BACK HAMAS GOVERNMENT WITH AID
Rueters is reporting that the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the following in a speech yesterday :
"The existence of the Zionist regime (in Israel) is tantamount to an imposition of an unending and unrestrained threat so that none of the nations and Islamic countries of the region and beyond can feel secure from its threat,
"Are the consequences of the establishment of this (Israeli) regime less than the Holocaust which you (the West) are claiming? If there are doubts regarding the Holocaust, there is really no doubt regarding the Palestinian disaster and holocaust."
"Palestine should be returned to the Palestinian nation and the united Palestinian government, elected by all Palestinians, should rule the country."The Irish Examiner reports : Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told the largest rally he has addressed since taking office, “Attempts to destroy this government and put obstacles before it and disrupt it will only be met with more steadfastness, resolve and solidarity.”
“The Palestinian people will not give up their government no matter how many sacrifices we have to make."
The US and Israel have cut all non-humanitarian aid to Palestine, with Israel witholding tens of millions of dollars in tax money due to the Hamas government. The European Union has backed the blocking of financial assistance.
Xinhua reports Russian President Vladimir as stating the following : "We believe it is necessary to resume the peace process on the basis of the Roadmap settlement plan and consistently move towards its destination point -- the creation of an independent Palestinian state peacefully coexisting with Israel.
"Russia is also ready in the future to provide assistance to the Palestinian government,"