Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, said on Monday that the occupying regime is exploiting the weakness of Arab countries.
He also said that the only solution for the Palestinian issue is the armed resistance that started in occupied lands in 1948.
His remarks come as thousands of Zionist settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli police on Monday on the occasion of Jewish New Year.
Right-wing Israeli groups had called for large-scale attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Rosh Hashanah holiday, which started on Monday. Palestinian organizations and activists called on the people to head to the mosque on these days. The cry of "God is Great" echoed around the courtyards in response to the settler provocation.
Local reports say that the police attacked Muslim worshippers and forced them to leave. Dozens of young Palestinians performed the dawn prayer at the mosque's outer gates, since when the police have restricted their entry into the mosque.
The Palestinian Authority condemned the Israeli forces and settlers' storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards. "The storming of the mosque by the occupation police and settlers falls within the framework of Israeli escalation against our people, their land, and their holy sites," said PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh in a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. "We warn that the continuation of these practices will lead to an explosion of the situation and more tension and violence."