Senior Hamas official Fathi Hammad announced at a rally on July 12 that the terrorist group will “cleanse Palestine of the filth of the Jews” by 2022.

From The Times of Israel:

“The fact that we participate in the peaceful March of Return does not mean that we have abandoned the military path of jihad,” he said. “Our finger is on the trigger and our plants are operating and working day and night. Every day we invent something new, using all our strength, our nerves, our bones and our flesh. Every day we manufacture more military power.”

A day later, in a rally broadcast on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV channel, Hammad threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

“We say, facing this challenge with courage and bravery: We are coming for you Netanyahu. We are coming for you Liberman,” he said. “We are coming to chop your heads off your necks. We are coming to chop off that entity and to destroy that army, which our prophet [Muhammad] informed us that we would defeat.”

Hammad also demanded a second Arab Spring to “focus on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Allah willing. We are your embers and your fuel, Allah willing.” He thinks Israel is “terrified” of war with terror groups from Palestine.

A day after the speech, Palestinians hurled a grenade at an IDF officer and wounded him. The violent clashes led to the death of a 15-year-old Palestinian.

On that same day, “Hamas fired some 200 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel, while Israel bombarded Hamas targets in the Strip, in one of the largest exchanges of fire since the 2014 Gaza war.”

This isn’t the first time Hammad has made the news. Back in September 2016, Hammad claimed he was proud that the US branded him a “global terrorist” and spoke to The Washington Post:

On Saturday, Hammad told The Washington Post: “The decision only makes me more confident about my path. The threat of killing or arrest? It doesn’t freak me out, not at all. I am looking forward to it.”

Hammad said, “I feel proud that I managed to anger America.”

Then he added, “I don’t know why they picked me.”

A few months later, Hammad told Al-Aqsa TV that “Hamas has offered to share its rocket arsenal with any Arab army willing to use them against Israel.”