THE LEVANT – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave.
Haniyeh urged Egypt to hold Israel responsible for crimes committed against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, adding that Israel is responsible for the collapse of the indirect ceasefire talks in Cairo.
Haniyeh also paid condolences to the three Hamas military commanders killed by Israel on Thursday, adding: “History proves that Hamas only becomes stronger and tougher than Israel expects when they kill our leaders.”
Senior Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said Friday that a return to indirect ceasefire negotiations is conditional on Israel accepting Palestinians demands.
He said that Israel should accept what was discussed in indirect talks or prepare for a “long war.”
Israel has not responded to Palestinian truce offers, but has instead insisted that Palestinian militant groups in Gaza disarm.
Palestinian groups have refused this demand, pointing out that it was Palestinian military strength that repelled the Israeli assault and invasion that has so far left 2,090 Palestinians dead, more than 10,500 injured, and at least 100,000 homeless.