Ismail Haniyya, one of Hamas leaders, said that the movement will not disarm its resistance fighters in spite of the American pressures, and conditions which state that Hamas should either choose their arms or the legislative council.

"There is no contradiction between resistance and elections", Haniyya said, "Those who are pressuring us to disarm should pressure that occupation to withdraw from the occupied territories".
Haniyya added that the real issue is not with Hamas but with the occupation and the "Zionist mentality which rejects to recognize the Palestinian rights and kills the people.
Haniyya also said that several European countries are holing talks with the leadership of movement in Palestine and abroad.
"We have no problem with anybody" he said, "Our problem is with the occupation who kills our people".