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Hamas' Birthday Celebration Got So Heated, Israel Scrambled Jets. See Pictures From the Pugnacious Display.

"This illusion called Israel will be removed."

Palestinian Hamas masked gunmen shows what they claim a locally-made drone during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas is cutting no corners in celebrating the 27th anniversary of its founding, with weekend Gaza rallies that included the launching of a drone and a stridently anti-Semitic display.

The Israel Defense Forces scrambled jets to the border with Gaza after Hamas launched a drone during a Sunday rally, but because the unmanned aerial vehicle did not cross the border into Israel, no shots were fired at it, Israeli media reported.

Palestinian Hamas masked gunmen shows what they claim a locally-made drone during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) Palestinian Hamas masked gunmen show what they claim is a locally-made drone during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Long-range missiles and fighters reported to be with Hamas’s naval commando unit were also part of the parade, as seen in photos depicting the rally.

Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, take part in a parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movements creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, take part in a parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movements creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian Hamas movement organized on Sunday an elaborate military parade in Gaza City to commemorate the passage of 27 years since its foundation, and also demonstrated Qassam rockets for the first time. Hundreds of masked fighters from the group's military wing, the Ezzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, marched through the city's main roads holding locally-manufactured and other rifles as well as mortar shells. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Palestinian Hamas movement organized on Sunday an elaborate military parade in Gaza City to commemorate the passage of 27 years since its foundation, and also demonstrated Qassam rockets for the first time. Hundreds of masked fighters from the group's military wing, the Ezzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, marched through the city's main roads holding locally-manufactured and other rifles as well as mortar shells. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

"This illusion called Israel will be removed. It will be removed at the hands of the Qassam Brigades [military wing of Hamas]," senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said according to the Jerusalem Post.

The displaying of long-range weapons and the drone came the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the dangers of pressuring Israel to withdraw to 1967 borders. Should Hamas take over the West Bank like it did Gaza in 2007, more Israeli communities and its Ben-Gurion International Airport would be easily reachable by Hamas weaponry.

Palestinian Hamas movement organized on Sunday an elaborate military parade in Gaza City to commemorate the passage of 27 years since its foundation. Hundreds of masked fighters from the group's military wing, the Ezzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, marched through the city's main roads holding locally-manufactured and other rifles as well as mortar shells. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Palestinian Hamas movement organized on Sunday an elaborate military parade in Gaza City to commemorate the passage of 27 years since its foundation. Hundreds of masked fighters from the group's military wing, the Ezzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, marched through the city's main roads holding locally-manufactured and other rifles as well as mortar shells. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A woman takes a look at the weapon of a Palestinian member of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, during a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movements creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) A woman takes a look at the weapon of a Palestinian member of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, during a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movements creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu said Sunday that a possible “diplomatic offensive” via the U.N. to force Israel to withdraw to 1967 borders within two years “will lead Islamic extremists to the outskirts of Tel Aviv and the heart of Jerusalem.”

Hamas’s founding charter pledges to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state.

At a separate gathering on Friday, Hamas members burned an effigy depicting a religious Jew along with models of coffins covered with photos of four devout Jews killed in a terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue last month, three of them American citizens.

The Times of Israel reported that the wooden structure seen burning in one of these photos apparently meant to depict the burning of the Jewish Temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

An aerial drone launched by Hamas in July was knocked out of Israeli airspace by an IDF Patriot missile battery. This was the first reported use by Hamas of an unmanned aerial vehicle as a weapon.

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