Hamas Rejects Israeli Conditions

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CBNNews.com - DOHA, Qatar - Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal rejected Israel's conditions for an extended cease-fire, calling them "unacceptable."

Mashaal was referring in part to a statement Wednesday by outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tying the release of captured Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit to fully opening the border crossings with the Gaza Strip.

Shalit was kidnapped on June 25, 2006, in a cross-border attack on an IDF outpost near Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza. Palestinian terrorists killed two soldiers and wounded three others wounded in the attack.

"We were recently informed of [Israel's] conditions for calm," Mashaal said. "We reject these Israeli conditions. We will not accept them," he said on behalf of the terror group.

Mashaal was in Doha to thank Qatar officials for standing by Hamas during Operation Cast Lead. Al-Jazeera television aired Mashaal's remarks for its viewing audience.

"In response to the child killer, Olmert, I say to you in the name of Hamas and in the name of the heroes who are holding Shalit, we will not accept that crossings be opened in return for Shalit," Mashaal said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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