|Palestinian Hamas movement Prime Minister Ismail Haniya speaks in Gaza City on Oct. 19, 2013. Hanyia said that his movement won't regret its stances toward popular uprising in Egypt, Syria and other Arab countries, and he called for halting the Mideast peace talks and a renewal of all types of "resistance" against Israel. (Xinhua/Yasser Qudih)
GAZA, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Hamas authorities, which control the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip, on Saturday urged the Palestinian government to halt its peace talks with Israel and renew "resistance" against the Jewish country.
"We call for a renewal of armed and popular struggle and all types of struggle against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank to defend Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque," said Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya.
He made the remarks in Gaza City in an address marking the second anniversary of an Egyptian-brokered prisoner swap deal between the Palestinians and Israel.
Under the deal, one Israeli prisoner was freed in exchange of the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian inmates.
"We also call on the Palestinians on behalf of our martyrs to drop Oslo accords and to halt the so-called peace negotiations because it only helps Israel to repair its spoiled image in the world's eyes," said Haneya.
He also urged the Fatah, the party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the ongoing split and implement the reconciliation agreements between the two.
The Hamas movement, which won the legislative elections held in the Palestinian territories in 2006, rejected the international community's requirement to condemn terrorism, recognize Israel and existing peace agreements. It then violently seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007 from the government forces.