Read the following translation from an address by Hamas leader Khaled Mash'al at a Mosque in Damascus (also aired on Al-Jazeera TV) on February 3, 2006. Note the threat of a nuclear and chemical attack. I'll send a copy of this to Jack Straw and ask him if he expects Israel to make concessions with these people (as they have already been asked to do):
"I say to the [European countries]: Hurry up and apologize to our nation, because if you do not, you will regret it.
"Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. This is not a figment of the imagination, but a fact. Tomorrow we will lead the world, Allah willing. Apologize today, before remorse will do you no good. Our nation is moving forwards, and it is in your interest to respect a victorious nation.
"Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day.
"Their (Israel's) weapons will be of no avail to them. Their nuclear weapons will be of no use to them. They thought that they had hegemony over the region with their nuclear weapons, but suddenly Pakistan popped up with Islamic nuclear weapons, and they are afraid of Iran and several Arab countries have some chemical weapons.
"Hamas has a vision. Hamas has a plan. Hamas can manage the political battle, just like it managed the military battle, but in a different language, with different tools, and recognizing Israel is not one of them. Nor is giving up the rights, giving up the right to resistance, and nor is giving up the weapons of the resistance.