Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader responsible for the October 7 attack on Israel, stated this week that the killings and taking of hostages “was just a rehearsal.”
Sinwar’s statement came during the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, where the terrorist organization agreed to free hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, most convicted criminals.
"The leaders of [Israel] should know October 7th was just a rehearsal."
— said Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, who uses Palestinians and their children in Gaza as dispensable human shields, who was released from Israeli prison during a hostage exchange, who was cured of…
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) November 30, 2023
The shocking statement is the first official word from Sinwar since Hamas began its attack on Israel, which killed at least 1,200 people near Gaza. While disturbing, it’s not the first time Hamas has threatened more violence against Israel.
Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad previously stated in an interview that the organization was ready to launch as many repeats of their October 7 terrorist attack, dubbed the “Al-Aqsa Flood,” as needed until every Israeli is annihilated.
“We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again,” he said. “The Al-Aqsa Flood is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve, and the capabilities to fight. Will we have to pay a price? Yes, and we are ready to pay it. We are called a nation of martyrs, and we are proud to sacrifice martyrs.”
Stop spreading lies. Everyone knows the goal of Hamas is to seek to destroy Israel & they have publicly said they aim for more October 7th. Watch this interview by Ghazi Hamad (senior member of Hamas' political bureau) https://t.co/N7I2HUmBXE pic.twitter.com/BXhE5VlNW7
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@GreenblattJD) December 1, 2023
Continuing, Hamad stated that Palestinians are the real victims and because of that, their actions were “justified.”
“The existence of Israel is illogical,” he concluded. “The existence of Israel is what causes all that pain, blood, and tears. It is Israel, not us. We are the victims of the occupation. Period. Therefore, nobody should blame us for the things we do. On October 7, October 10, October 1,000,000 – everything we do is justified.”
Called “the butcher of Khan Yunis,” Sinwar was convicted on multiple murder counts by an Israeli court and sentenced to five life sentences, which he was supposed to serve until his death. In October 2011, he was released from prison after serving only 22 years as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.
After his release, Sinwar gained popularity within Hamas and became its Gaza leader in February 2017.