One year after Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, the spokesman for Hamas' military wing said that the group would not shirk away from a new battle with Israel. "We do not wish for war. We wish for calm and peace for our people," Abu Ubaida, Ezz e-Din al-Qassam Brigades spokesman told Reuters. "But if any battle is imposed on us, we are ready with all our manpower and equipment to confront any Zionist war, any crime and any attack regardless of scale," he added.
Abu Ubaida said Hamas had no choice but to improve its arsenal. "The enemy is developing its weapons and is using internationally banned weapons against us," he said. "Therefore, we have the right to use any weapon that we deem suitable and we have the right to get into (the Gaza Strip) any weapon that we see as appropriate in the ongoing battle with the occupation," Abu Ubaida said, using Hamas' term for Israel.
"The nature of our battle with the enemy requires that we do not announce the nature of our capabilities and the weapons we possess until we use them to confront any upcoming aggression against the Gaza Strip," Abu Ubaida said.