A senior commander of Hamas’ military wing said on Monday that while his organization has no interest at the moment in fighting Israel, the Gaza-based Islamist group wants to double its arsenal of rockets and missiles in anticipation of the next round of fighting.

Marwan Issa told a gathering Gaza City that Hamas continues to manufacture rockets and forge alliances with whoever can assist its cause.

The remarks were reported by Israel Radio.

Directing his remarks at both Israel and Egypt, which recently issued an official decree outlawing the organization and its ideological forerunner, the Muslim Brotherhood, Issa said that any attempt to impose a blockade on Hamas and its military wing will ultimately fail. […]