Hamas leader calls for comprehensive strategy to confront US, Israeli Jerusalem moves

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The video - which begins with a clip of US President Donald Trump's December 6 announcement on Jerusalem indicating Hamas' failure in averting the declaration comes - after the latter cracked down on jihadist groups and ISIS supporters based in Gaza.

The Islamic State gave two reasons for the war declaration against Hamas: Hamas has cracked down on ISIS militant groups in Gaza, and Hamas failed to prevent the USA from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007 after driving out forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. UNRWA provides aid to Palestinian refugees. "It's an escalation that analysts say has the potential to destabilize an already fragile security situation in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave that Hamas has controlled for the past decade".

"The President is a master dealmaker and is as committed to trying to achieve the ultimate peace deal as ever but he will not tolerate falsehoods being spread about America and our positions", the official said. The group also called on supporters in Gaza to attack Hamas security installations.

"The moves to be discussed include defining the relations with Israel in addition to the political and legal steps the Palestinians may take", said Ahmed Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee.

"The general trend is to focus on how to deal with the emerging situation, considering Palestine as a state under occupation and requesting full United Nations membership for Palestine, which requires extensive worldwide support", he said.

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Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Hamas - regarded as a terrorist group by Israel and USA - has been trying to mend ties with neighbouring Egypt and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The U.S. Congress is close to passing the Taylor Force Act, which would cut off Palestinian aid money unless the practice is stopped.

They also stressed the necessity to confront Trump's decision.

Hamas has announced that the movement's leaders are studying on their response to the invitation.

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