Hamas: Truce Dependent on Lifting 'Siege'

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said despite Israel's lack of clarity on the Egyptian-brokered truce initiative, Hamas has made its position clear.

"Hamas's position toward the Egyptian initiative is very clear," Haniyeh said. "We have said that we will accept a truce in return for lifting the siege, reopening the border crossings and ending Israeli aggression on our people."

"The Israeli position remains very obscure," he said. "We don't know what their real position is. However, the door has not been closed and the Egyptian efforts in this regard are continuing," he said.

Hamas legislator Salah Bardaweel warned that Israel would pay a price for not agreeing to their offer.

"The day will come when the Israelis will start pleading for a cease-fire," Bardaweel said. "Then they would have to accept a cease-fire under Palestinian conditions," he said.

"Until now there is no truce with the Israeli enemy. The only dialogue between us now is through the rifles," he said.

"It's not in Hamas's interest to declare the failure of the truce talks. If the Israeli enemy does not accept our conditions, we will have to continue the resistance [terror attacks]," Bardaweel said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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