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Hamas' Haniyeh Says Netanyahu's Indictment `Raises Morale´

Hamas' Haniyeh Says Netanyahu's Indictment `Raises Morale´

Saturday, 23 November, 2019 - 15:30
In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an extended faction meeting of the right-wing bloc members at the Knesset, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

The leader of the militant Hamas group says the corruption indictment of Israeli prime minister raises the Palestinian people´s morale.

Ismail Haniyeh told reporters in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip on Saturday that serious corruption charges against Benjamin Netanyahu were a sign "of more steadfastness" for the Palestinians.

The leader of the group that controls Gaza also said the indictment means more "resistance, both popular and armed."

On Thursday, Israel´s Attorney General indicted Netanyahu for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes, making him the first sitting premier to be charged with a crime.

The longest-serving Israeli leader is scrambling after two inconclusive elections this year and possibly an unprecedented third national vote early next year.

Hamas group won the 2006 Palestinian legislative polls, which were the last.

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