CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has offered Israel a "reciprocal" deal: to attack only military targets.
The Damascus-based terror chief told Sky News Monday that it's the same deal his organization offered Israel 10 years ago.
"We renew our offer to Israel to let the civilians on both sides not be a part of this conflict," Mashaal said. "We renew this offer today," he repeated.
Mashaal neglected to mention that most of the Hamas rocket-launching pads, explosives manufacturing labs, and munitions warehouses are located in residential areas.
Neither Hamas' strategy nor its methodology has changed over the years. Though better armed and trained, it still launches attacks from civilian areas and use every opportunity to present itself as the victim of Israeli aggression.
"We have primitive weapons. I ask the international community and the Americans to give us more advanced weapons so we can shoot more accurately," Mashaal told Sky News.
Commenting on the Nazi Holocaust, Mashaal said that while he didn't deny it happened, he believes Zionists have exaggerated the numbers to promote their causes.
"We don't deny the Holocaust, but we believe the Holocaust was exaggerated by the Zionist movement to whip people," he said. "We don't deny the fact, but we don't accept two issues. We don't accept the exaggerating of numbers and we don't accept that Israel doesn't use this to do what it wants," he said.
Mashaal also claimed that kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Gilad Shalit is alive and well.
Shalit was captured on June 25, 2005, in a cross-border attack at an IDF outpost near the Gaza Strip in which two soldiers were killed and three injured.
"Gilad is still alive and we treat him in a good way, while the Israelis treat our prisoners badly and everyone knows that," Mashaal said.
"Gilad Shalit is an internee who was taken by our military. He was fighting us while the majority of the Palestinian prisoners are civilians from the Palestinian parliament. They are civilian and political leaders, not military leaders," he claimed.
Mashaal said suicide bombings were a response to Israeli actions.
"We do not brainwash anyone. Every Palestinian spontaneously feels that his land is occupied, that Israel is killing children and women, demolishing their homes, taking their land, building the wall, building the settlements, and journalism favors Israel and digging under the al-Aksa Mosque [on the Temple Mount], so the Palestinian individual finds himself going directly to fight for the resistance," Mashaal said.
Sources: Haaretz, YNet, The Jerusalem Post