The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, considered the statements of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon – to arrest the candidates of Hamas to the Palestinian Legislative council if they attempt to cross through Israeli roadblocks – a direct violation sovereignty in which reveals Israeli intentions to target the movement and its candidates.

The movement added that these statements reveal the hidden intentions of the Israeli occupation which aims to bar them movement from participating in the elections.
Also, Hamas demanded that the P.A, and President Mahmoud Abbas, should declare a firm and a clear stance which rejects the Israeli threats and procedures, especially since such threats are considered direct intervention in the Palestinian internal affairs.
Hamas also demanded the United Nations, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference in addition to all related and humanitarian organizations to “stand firm against these violations”.
“The threats against our movement, and our candidates, will not stop the movement from announcing its candidates, and its election list directly after the registration for the elections starts”, a statement released by the movement reads.