Hamas Angry at Egypt over Talks

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A senior Hamas member said its delegation returned from Cairo disappointed by the way Egyptian officials responded to them concerning negotiations for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

"Egypt appears to have endorsed the Israeli position," a top Hamas official told Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh. The Hamas delegation left Cairo "with a sense of great disappointment," he said.

"We were hoping that Egypt would be on our side because we were the first to accept the truce initiative," he said.

Israel's conditions for accepting the truce, presented to the Hamas delegation by Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, were "completely unacceptable," aimed at "further humiliating the Palestinians and aggravating their suffering," the official said.

Israel's insistence that it would halt its operations only after a cease-fire went into effect and Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups are honoring it was unacceptable.

Kahil al-Hayeh, a Hamas official who was part of the delegation to Cairo, said it will reserve its final decision until next week.

"It's premature to say that the talks have failed," al-Hayeh said. "We received Israel's response to the Egyptian initiative and, in turn, we have asked the Egyptians for further clarifications. We are hoping to receive answers next week," he said.

On Sunday, Major General Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Military Bureau, will travel to Cairo to discuss the response by Hamas and other terror groups to Israel's conditions for accepting a temporary calm [tadhiyah in Arabic].

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news

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