The head of the Hamas resistance movement has said that “no one” can force it to disarm or recognize Israel after the United States demanded the resistance movement meet those conditions.

“No one in the universe can disarm us. On the contrary, we will continue to have the power to protect our citizens,” Yahya Sinwar said on Thursday, adding that no one “has the ability to extract from us recognition of the occupation.”

Sinwar’s remarks came after U.S. President Donald Trump’s special representative for international talks, Jason Greenblatt, said any Palestinian government must recognize Israel and disarm Hamas.

Responding to Washington’s demand, Bassem Naim, a top Hamas official said the U.S. administration is blatantly interfering in Palestinian affairs.

“It is the right of our people to choose its government according to their supreme strategic interests,” he said, adding that Greenblatt was bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing regime.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu’s cabinet said that Tel Aviv would not take part in negotiations with a future Palestinian unity government that had the backing of Hamas.

Fatah, led by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas quickly denounced Netanyahu’s interference, saying such hostile stance would not affect the nation’s determination to pursue its goals.