Hamas Chief: No Lasting Truce with Israel

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GAZA STRIP - Senior Hamas officials said there will be no long-term cease-fire with Israel.

According to senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar, there is "no room to implement it [a cease-fire] for the time being because "there is no one to talk about this proposal on the other [Israel] side."

Al-Zahar said a long-term agreement "[is] a project that can be developed when there are intentions."

Meanwhile, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh told members of the Free Gaza movement that nothing less than an Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders would precipitate an agreement with the Palestinians.

Haniyeh made his remarks to a group of 11 European parliamentarians, who sailed to Gaza in the movement's latest protest voyage.

Among the legislators was Pakistanian-born Baron Nazir Ahmed, a member of Britain's House of Lords, who took his parliamentary oath of office on a Koran 10 years ago.

"And now you represent us [in the British government]," Haniyeh told him.

Meanwhile, Hamas blamed Israel for breaking the truce Friday, when it destroyed a tunnel built to kidnap Israeli soldiers. During the operation, Hamas blew up the building concealing the tunnel's entrance.

Israeli military officials said it must have contained a massive amount of explosives.

In the days following the tunnel's destruction, Palestinians launched more than 60 Kassam rockets and dozens of mortar shells on southern Israel.

Source: YNet news

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