The militant group Hamas on Saturday released a rare videotape of a man it said was the shadowy bombmaker who has eluded Israeli forces for more than a decade.

The man, who was identified as fugitive bombmaker Mohammed Deif, described Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip as a victory for armed resistance, rejected calls for his group to disarm and vowed to continue attacks on Israel until the Jewish state is erased from the map.

Deif, widely believed to be at the top of Israel's most-wanted list, is responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings.

He has escaped at least three Israeli attempts to kill him and has been living underground since 1992.

He is so elusive that the most recent photograph of him is from the 1980s, although he has periodically issued crackly, tape-recorded statements.

In the video, the man identified as Deif sat in a chair, wearing a dark shirt and waving his hand as he spoke in a deep voice.

A dark shadow covered his face, but the video was of high quality. It was stamped with the logo of the Hamas military wing. Hamas militants delivered the tape to the Associated Press, apparently making good on recent promise to release a tape of Deif.