[News] Hamas and PLO - Netanyahu is Obstructing Ceasefire Talks

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Mon Aug 18 12:45:09 EDT 2014


  Abu Marzook: "Netanyahu is Obstructing Ceasefire Talks"

author Monday August 18, 2014 04:13author by Saed Bannoura - 
*http://www.imemc.org/article/68871*

    Member of the Political Bureau of the Hamas Movement, Dr. Mousa Abu
    Marzook, stated that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is
    obstructing indirect talks, and has rejected the Egyptian ceasefire
    initiative.

Abu Marzook, who is also a member of the Palestinian team for indirect 
Egyptian-mediated talks with Tel Aviv, said Netanyahu's actions and 
stances "pushed the talks back to square one".

"Netanyahu is hostage to internal contradictions within his coalition 
government," Abu Marzook added. "He lost the aerial and ground 
aggression and offensive on Gaza, and could not achieve any of his set 
goals."

The Hamas official said the Palestinian team held consultation sessions, 
carefully examined the Egyptian proposal and will be holding a meeting 
with Egyptian officials, Monday.

"The current temporary ceasefire has less than 24 hours left, it might 
not be renewed," he said. "The Palestinian delegation in Egypt will 
never surrender any of the legitimate rights of our people."

On Sunday, Hamas official Ezzat al-Resheq, said Hamas and the 
Palestinian team in Egypt "will never abandon the legitimate Palestinian 
rights," adding that "the military victory the resistance achieved in 
Gaza will be concluded in a political victory."

He added that the indirect talks held in Egypt represent Hamas, the 
Islamic Jihad and all factions of the Palestinian Liberation 
Organization (PLO).

On his part, head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement Khaled 
Mashal stated that the Palestinians are determined to end the 
illegitimate Israeli blockade on Gaza, and to achieve the legitimate 
demands of reconstructing the Gaza International Airport that was 
repeatedly bombarded and bulldozed by Israel, in addition to 
establishing an international seaport.

The five-day ceasefire ends at midnight, Monday, and. should indirect 
talks fail to achieve an agreement, the situation could head back to an 
even deadlier conflict.

Israeli forces killed nearly 2,000 Palestinians in the month-long 
assault on the Gaza Strip, an estimated 80% of whom were civilians, 
according to the United Nations.

Among the killed are 541 infants and children, 250 women, and 95 
elderly. 10,193 Palestinians, including 3,084 children and infants, 
1,970 woman and 358 elderly have been injured.

Three Israeli civilians and 64 Israeli soldiers were killed in the 
month-long assault -- most of whom were killed while actively engaged in 
a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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