Thousands of Hamas security men staged a military parade in Gazaon Wednesday in a massive show of force marking the anniversary of an eight-day battle against Israel last year.
Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad, who commands the security forces, called on Arabs in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel to unite in a holy war to “uproot the Jews” from Israel.
“A third intifada is approaching,” he said. “Liberation is coming and victory is coming.”
Islamic Jihad held its own rally, where 6,000 masked fighters marched with rifles, anti-aircraft missile launchers and mobile rocket launchers.
Top Hamas military commanders attended the Islamic Jihad parade.