Deputy Head of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh said during a speech Monday that the Hamas movement would not accept a separate Palestinian state within Gaza's borders.
Haniyeh said that Gaza only accounts for 2 percent of Palestinian land, and as such, the creation of a Palestinian state in the coastal enclave would be unacceptable.
He added that the Hamas movement’s strategy is to free the entire occupied Palestinian territory.
"As much as the Gaza Strip is going through pain of siege and destruction, it cannot let go of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque," Haniyeh said.
The remarks came amid reports that Hamas is moving closer toward a long-term truce with Israel.
Last month, the Fatah movement said that it believed the Israeli government was aiming to separate Gaza from the West Bank and East Jerusalem via "secret talks" with the Hamas movement, removing the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state on 1967 borders.
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