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Hamas lays out truce term, says deal not close

AFP , Monday 14 Jul 2014
MUSHIR AL-MASRI
Hamas spokesperson MUSHIR AL-MASRI (Photo: Reuters)
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The Palestinian Hamas movement said Monday that it would not end hostilities with Israel without concessions and that no serious efforts towards a truce had been made.

"Talk of a ceasefire requires real and serious efforts, which we haven't seen so far," Hamas legislative member Mushir al-Masri told AFP in Gaza City.

Masri said Hamas would only negotiate on the basis of a set of concessions it wants to see Israel agree to.

Those include the lifting of Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and the release of Palestinian prisoners Israel has rearrested after freeing them in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

"Any ceasefire must be based on the conditions we have outlined, nothing less than that will be accepted," Masri said.

In Cairo, a Hamas official said a general framework had been agreed, and that the group was committed to achieving more than it did in the truce deal that ended the last major round of violence with Israel in 2012.

"We need to build on the 2012 truce and move forward. We don't want to go back," he said.

Masri said that "Arab countries and Islamic countries and Western countries" were involved in discussions about a truce, but declined to give details.

He said Hamas was prepared to continue fighting and ready for a "long, drawn-out battle."

The fighting entered its seventh day on Monday, with international pressure for a truce growing, but no sign of a concrete mediation channel or formula to end hostilities that have killed more than 170 people in Gaza.

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J.M.Jordan
15-07-2014 11:28am
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Battle'll go on for years or months with this proposal
It's very easy to set up irrealistic goals, but then the end comes only at the price of total defeat of one side. How come Hamas is always so heartless, as with condemning Palestinians to fight-with-intervals till Doomsday, only because of the totally irrealistic of first-time-all-of-Israel supposedly having to be Palestinian. "Politics are the art of what's possible."
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gar
14-07-2014 07:10pm
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death wish
Hamas have a death wish for their people. They know the terms will never be accepted but continue to have their people as easy targets. Time for some common sense and reach an agreement that allows the Jews to exist. Doesn't both these countries follow religions that preach Peace. Practice what you preach
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medo
14-07-2014 07:09pm
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LOL!!
So, Hamas is prepared to continue fighting and is ready for a drawn out battle??? So, what they are saying is they don't care how many Muslims are killed as long as they get what they want?? And one of these conditions is that we open the border and let in more terrorists?? I do hope the government tell Hamas what they can do with their conditions!!!
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NY Observer
14-07-2014 05:13pm
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Hamas spokesman Mushir al-MASRI (!)
The dog barks, the caravan passes...Fat chance of Hamas conditions for a truce being met, in my humble opinion.
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