If conditions are not met, we will be free from any commitment and we will strike against Israel with all meansHamas warns of cease-fire collapse Apr 15, 2005
The truce is based on conditions and the conditions have not been met yet by Israel, and there are no indications that the conditions will be metHamas warns of cease-fire collapse Apr 15, 2005
It is just a media battle which we might win, thus boosting our stance in European and U.S. public opinion, and if we lose the case we won't be losing anything more than we have already lostPalestinians protest against Israel fence Feb 23, 2004
We are in a state of self-defense and we can use any means for protecting ourselves including the rockets against Israel which is using Apache helicopters in its continued assassinations in Gaza and the West BankHamas to fire rockets from West Bank Feb 16, 2004
The Iranian government and the Iranian people will always stand by the Palestinians and the Palestinian resistanceHamas backers stage Gaza celebration Dec 14, 2009
Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار) (born 1945) is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Since the formation of the Hamas/"Change and Reform" government in the Palestinian National Authority in March 2006, al-Zahar has served as foreign minister in the government of prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Prior to that he was seen as a major candidate among the Hamas members elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council for prime minister, as he was at that time the most senior official within the organization. al-Zahar's son, a member of the Hamas military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in an Israeli raid in Gaza on January 5, 2008.
Little is known about al-Zahar's early life beyond the report that he was born to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother.
At the age of 26, he graduated from the Cairo University Faculty of Medicine and five years later he got his Masters Degree in General Surgery from Ain Shams University, Cairo. He then became the adviser to the Palestinian Health Minister, and helped create the Palestinian Medical Society and was one of the primary founders of the Islamic University in Gaza in 1978.