“We do not fear threats. We do not fear the occupation,” he added, referring to Israel.
“We always said that we seek and have sought to avoid a new war,” Haniyeh said in a two-hour address.
Haniyeh’s comments seemed the first concrete sign of progress for the unity deal brokered by Egypt for which security had been envisaged as a potential pitfall.
The agreement seeks to resolve a four-year split in the Palestinian national movement that had hindered the quest to achieve statehood in land captured by Israel in the 1967 war.