The Hamas flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Hamas flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on Sunday celebrated the 27th anniversary of its founding with military parades and a display of weapons and ammunition, including a drone manufactured in Gaza.

A film clip screened at one of the demonstrations showed a silhouette that the Palestinians claimed was of Hamas’s military commander, Mohammed Deif, whom Israel tried to assassinate during Operation Protective Edge this summer. Deif’s actual status remains unknown. The film clip did not feature Deif’s voice, but only a recording of him speaking in 2012.

Hamas official Khalil al-Haya said, “Anyone who thinks that Israel is here to stay is mistaken. All of occupied Palestinian will be freed, and the Zionist entity will disappear.”

Earlier in the weekend, senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar described the group’s plans to conquer the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank.

“Just as we liberated Gaza, just as we established a real national government there, just as we built a victorious army, just as we built a protective police force, and just as we have created security apparatuses with which to fight the enemy, we will repeat the same steps in the West Bank as preparation for our arrival in all of Palestine,” al-Zahar said, Israel Hayom reported.

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