g420 Posted September 5 Report Share Posted September 5 Hamas says held Cairo talks, may consider new truce By Reuters Hamas said on Friday it had met a Palestiniandelegation in Cairo in recent days and was readyto discuss any idea - including a new truce - tostop what it called Israeli aggression againstPalestinians. "A delegation from Hamasrecently visited Egypt becausethere was a real Egyptianconcern about possibleconsequences of what is goingon now in Palestine, especiallysince the truce collapsed," asenior member of the Hamasdelegation, Osama Hamdan, toldReuters. Asked whether Hamas was ready to discuss a newtruce, Hamdan said: "I can say clearly we areready to study any idea that will stop theIsraeli aggression against the Palestinianpeople whatever the idea was, whatever it wasentitled or wherever it came from." Hamas and another Palestinian militant group,Islamic Jihad, scrapped a seven-week-old trucein mid-August after Israel assassinated a topHamas leader following a suicide bombing inJerusalem that killed 21 people, which cameafter an earlier killing of a Hamas militant. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have both called for thedestruction of the Jewish state. Egypt brokered the now-defunct truce in June. "The aim of the visit was to consult (theEgyptians) on ways to...stop the Israeliaggression against the Palestinian people,which includes assassinations or arrests," saidHamdan, who is Hamas's representative inLebanon. He said the visit coincided with one byPalestinian Authority officials and the Hamasdelegation met Palestinian Culture MinisterZiad Abu Amr. "The truce was not proposed directly, but thePalestinian delegation did propose calm and wesaid clearly that the movement already offereda chance for calm but the (Israeli) occupation destroyed it." He described the meeting as "an exchange ofideas". He said no practical steps had been agreed onand no date for another meeting had been set,but that they would meet again. Hamas, under relentless Israeli air strikes thathave driven leaders underground, is facing itsworst crisis with threats of instantassassination from the sky, loss of funding athome and abroad and a showdown with a reformistPalestinian Authority committed to aU.S.-backed peace plan. Israel has killed 11 Hamas members and fourbystanders in helicopter missile strikes in theGaza Strip since the aborted truce started onJune 29. A senior Israeli military source has saidIsraeli would consider halting air strikes onlyif Hamas declared it was "giving up totally thetool of violence and its infrastructure". A ceasefire is widely considered crucial to aU.S.-backed "road map" to peace which outlinesreciprocal steps to end three years of violencesince Palestinians began an uprising againstIsraeli occupation, and to establish aPalestinian state Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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