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Monday, November 12, 2012
Hamas not considering ceasefire with Israel, spokesman says

Hamas not considering ceasefire with Israel, spokesman says

Islamic movement files complaint against Israel at the UN for ‘crimes’
against Gaza
By Elhanan MillerNovember 12, 2012, 8:21 pm4
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-not-considering-ceasefire-with-israel-spokesman-says/

Hamas is not considering a ceasefire with Israel, a spokesman for the
movement announced Monday afternoon, as Gaza’s Hamas prime minister
reiterated his commitment to armed struggle in order “to liberate the land.”

“There is no talk of a ceasefire agreement with the occupation and we are
committed to defending our people; we will not neglect that role,” Sami Abu
Zuhri told local media in Gaza.

Palestinians walk past murals depicting slogans for Hamas in the Rafah
refugee camp on Monday. (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

Abu Zuhri used the press conference to lambaste the Palestinian Authority
and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, for a bid to win UN recognition as a
non-member state later this month. He spoke as Arab foreign ministers met in
Cairo to discuss the Arab peace Initiative with Israel.

Hamas also filed a complaint against Israel with the United Nations Monday,
blaming Israel for “crimes” against the residents of Gaza.

Abu Zuhri denied that the rockets emanating from Gaza were launched
exclusively by Hamas, presenting the armed confrontation with Israel as a
Palestinian consensus.

“It would be better for Fatah… to share the responsibility of defending
Palestinian blood. The matter has nothing to do with Hamas; all Palestinian
factions excluding Fatah are on the ground defending the Palestinian people
in the face of aggression.”

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told foreign
ambassadors that a number of different terror organizations were responsible
for launching some 150 rockets from Gaza since Saturday. Government
officials, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, told the ambassadors that
an Israeli military incursion into Gaza was possible in order to restore
security in Israel’s south.

Meanwhile, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told a group of visiting
Egyptian clerics that “resistance is the only way to free the land and
restore Palestinian rights.”

“Palestinian land is part of the Islamic Wakf (religious trust) and no one
has the right to forgo one grain of its holy soil,” Haniyeh told the
clerics. “Concessions and negotiations have brought disaster to our people
and our cause.”

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