Weapons only Israeli deterrent, Hamas chief says

Posted: November 25, 2012 at 4:16 a.m.

Palestinian schoolchildren walk through rubble at their school in Gaza City as schools reopened for the first time since the Israeli-Hamas truce took hold. The school was damaged when Israelis struck a nearby building during eight days of fighting.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself because only a strong arsenal, not negotiations, can extract concessions from Israel, the No. 2 in the Islamic militant group said in an interview Saturday.

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