Since he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, in September 1997, the Amman-based chief of Hamas’ political bureau, Khalid Misha’al, has been living under tight security.
Misha’al knows all too well that he is still likely to be targeted by the Israelis.
"We know that this is an unbalanced war [against Israel], but resistance will continue. The only way to stop resistance is to end occupation, and this is a natural right. Nobody can prevent a people from fighting occupation, and even if they kill some of Hamas’ leaders, new ones will emerge. We [Palestinians] have been struggling since the 1920s, and that is the way it has been. No one has been able to end our resistance."