New HAMAS leader to escalate conflict with Israel

Abdul Aziz Rantisi has been chosen to replace assassinated HAMAS leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Mr. Rantisi is former HAMAS spokesman. After being appointed for HAMAS leading post, he called Palestinians never surrender to Israeli agression.

New HAMAS leader is known as a hardliner, he recognizes no compromise with Israel. His appointment may lead to bloodshed in the conflict-torn region.

Earlier PRAVDA.RU quoted the statements of HAMAS leaders that "Israel will end up being consumed by volcano after such horrible crime," stated a representative of the "Hamas" movement in Gaza Ismail Haniia. "Sheikh Yassin dreamed of sacrificing himself for the good of the people. His murder will be avenged. Sharon has opened the Gates of Hell and will be beheaded."

"If Israel thinks it will be able to stop our resistance, it is deeply mistaken," pointed out one of the members of the movement "Islamic Jihad" haled Al-Batsh. "From now on, we will act without limits."

Palestinian leadership has also expressed its views regarding the situation. "This is a crazy and extremely dangerous situation," declared Palestine"s Prime-Minister Ahmed Kurei. "It opens the road to chaos. Yassin was known as a moderate leader; he held "Hamas" together."

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