Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar recently renewed Hamas’ commitment to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by means of armed jihad.
In a speech given on January 23, 2012, Al-Zahar said that Hamas would ”never give up its armed struggle against the Zionist enemy[...]“.
Al-Zahar is one of the leading candidates to replace Hamas’ leader, Khaled Meshaal, who recently announced “that he does not wish to be a candidate for the movement’s future leadership.”
The political bureau is Hamas’s principal decision-making body and its members are elected by secret ballot by the much larger consultative council.
Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, Israel, Japan, Australia and Canada.