A handful of Hamas leaders secretly strategized its bloody surprise attack on Israel for two years, according to a leader of the terrorist group.

A senior leader for the Hamas terrorist group has claimed that the bloody attack on Israel that killed more than 1,200 people was secretly strategized for two years, adding that only a handful of leaders knew the “zero hour” of the invasion.

Ali Barakeh, a member of Hamas’s exiled leadership, told Russia Today in an interview translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute that Hamas deliberately refused to join the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in its fight against Israel for the last few years because it wanted to make Israelis believe it was busy “governing” the Gaza Strip.

“In the past couple of years, Hamas has adopted a ‘rational’ approach. It did not go into any war, and did not join the Islamic Jihad in its recent battle,” Mr. Barakeh said. “We made [Israel] think that Hamas was busy with governing Gaza and that it wanted to focus on the 2.5 million Palestinians [in Gaza], and has abandoned the resistance altogether.”

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