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Hamas Mobilizes in the Wake of Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

TOPSHOT - Hamas leader Ismail Haniya gestures as he delivers a speech over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City on December 7, 2017. Haniya called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising. This Zionist policy supported by the US cannot be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada," the head of the armed Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip said in a speech. / AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

Hamas is shopping for new friends and allies to buy into their facade of political leadership after the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Yet for every mealy-mouthed moment that this terror group has claimed to shift focus per their latest legitimacy bid, Hamas has continually proven that violence and death remains at their core.

With their own motives of endless strife until they’ve carved out a state “from the river to the sea”—meaning over al of Israel—Hamas was ready for this decision. Leader Ismail Haniyeh was hitting the phones Sunday, according to the group, urging the Arab League to rally the troops, in a manner of speaking, and put up a regional unified front against the U.S. embassy move. Naturally, Haniyeh bonded with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over the news, deciding they’re so enraged that they would mutually back the “Days of Rage” protests. Hamas said Haniyeh and Abbas also discussed “the need to mobilize all media effort” in their corner.

After Trump’s announcement, Haniyeh called up Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, a conversation in which Hamas said their leader “warned of the serious repercussions that will arise” if the embassy move goes through as promised, with Bogdanov panning the move as violating international resolutions while “expressing his solidarity with the Palestinian people.”

And sure enough, Hamas went from zero to intifada in less than a day.

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