The Hamas movement on Sunday adamantly denied reports that they had proposed a ceasefire with the Israelis in exchange for an Israeli commitment to halting the targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders.
Date: 03 / 06 / 2007 Time: 09:47
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Hamas movement on Sunday adamantly denied reports that they had proposed a ceasefire with the Israelis in exchange for an Israeli commitment to halting the targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders.
A spokesperson of Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Ash Sharq Al Awsat (Middle East) news agency that the news reports were completely false. He affirmed that Hamas calls for the protection of all Palestinian people, not just the movement's leaders.
Israeli media reported that the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad ibn Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, had delivered a message from the head of the Hamas politburo, Khaled Mash'al, to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, offering a ceasefire agreement. Israeli news reports claimed that Mash'al offered to cease projectile launching from Gaza at Israeli towns, in exchange for an end to the targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders.
"Israel must end hostilities towards the Palestinian people before we can talk about a ceasefire," said Abu Zuhri. He added that Hamas would never agree to a unilateral ceasefire, as the only beneficiary from such a deal in the past has been Israel.
The spokesperson refused to comment on the Israeli reports that the Olmert government is awaiting a list of prisoners that Hamas wants released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was taken by three Palestinian factions a year ago.
"All I can say is that the occupation government bears sole responsibility for not achieving the deal so far," Abu Zuhri said.
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