Hamas leader Meshaal warns of Israeli ‘extremism’ after elections

The political leader of the militant Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas says the results of Israel’s elections will further diminish hopes for peace.
Khaled Meshaal told the BBC the victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and its right-wing allies meant there would be “more extremism”.
He said Hamas was not looking for any escalation, but would defend itself.
Militants in Gaza led by Hamas fought a 50-day war with Israel last summer that left more than 2,200 people dead.
Last week, Amnesty International said rockets and mortar attacks on civilian areas in Israel during the conflict amounted to war crimes.
‘Right on the rise’
Hamas is designated a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and other countries due to its long record of attacks on Israelis and its refusal to renounce violence. Under its charter, the group is committed to the destruction of Israel.

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