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Cairo - Hamas Blames Israel For Gaza Truce Delay

Published on: November 20, 2012 03:43 PM
By: Reuters
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Hours before a proposed cease fire may come into effect, parachute Israeli flares illuminate the area for an artillery barrage on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, 20 November 2012. EPA/ATEF SAFADIHours before a proposed cease fire may come into effect, parachute Israeli flares illuminate the area for an artillery barrage on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, 20 November 2012. EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Cairo - A Hamas official said on Tuesday that Egyptian efforts to broker a truce with Israel had been held up because the Israeli government had yet to respond to proposals, indicating there would be no ceasefire until Wednesday at the earliest.

“The Israeli side has not responded yet, so we will not hold a (news) conference this evening and must wait until tomorrow,” Ezzat al-Rishq, a senior Hamas leader, told Reuters. “The truce is now held up because we are waiting for the Israeli side to respond,” he added in a short telephone interview.

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An Egyptian official had earlier said Cairo was hopeful of an agreement on Tuesday following a statement by Ayman Taha, another Hamas official that said a ceasefire had been reached and would go into effect within hours.

Osama Hamdan, another leading Hamas official, later confirmed that no agreement had been reached.

“The situation to this point is that there is no agreement Our people and our resistance are ready for all possibilities,” he told Al Jazeera television, speaking from Beirut.

“The resistance is capable of continuing and we have surprises,” he said. “We insist on (our) conditions for a truce.”


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 Nov 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM Teddybear Says:

CeaseFire Means "Chamas out of rockets as of now"!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM Ani Ma'min Says:

NO TRUCE YET!! Give the IDF time to damage the Hamas infrastructure so that it takes years to rebuild. The Israelis down south do not want a ceasefire. They want Hamas eliiminated.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM Babybear Says:

Reply to #1  
Teddybear Says:

CeaseFire Means "Chamas out of rockets as of now"!

Unfortunately ur posting is so true.
Hashem should watch us all.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM Mandel Says:

Hamas don't go for peace they go for peaces....

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM curious Says:

Funny! A truce is only necessary to stop the aggressor-clearly Gaza.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM ESmith Says:

All this truce talk is laughable. It is all coming from Hamas, as are the conditions for the cease fire. If Israel meets their conditions then Israel should cease firing. What are the conditions on Hamas? They won't stop firing. That's the whole problem.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM SatmarChassid Says:

Cant Trust the Zionists. Hashem Yishmor

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 06:32 PM Liepa Says:

Israel finds itself once again, bamboozeled by the rest of the world into a false ceasefire that leads to nowhere.

It gets worse, Hamas can claim victory over the superpower Israel and maybe rightfully so. The IAF with all the targets its struck hasn't even begun to eliminate Hamas's capabilities of firing missiles on Israel, occurring as we speak.

It gets even worse, Hamas missiles have reached Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Israel's heartland, which they never were able to before.

If Israel, at this stage accepts an unworthy ceasefire with these savages Israel will be faced to deal with them once again in months, not years since hamas has been embolden by Israel backing off.

Hamas 1, Israel 0

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM Ari Says:

What delay? Israel has already agreed too a truce almost 4 years ago! Hamas violated it so stop crying foull!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM ALLAN Says:

What Hamas wants doesn't matter at this point (or ever). The only issue is Israel's need to be safe.. and that can only come about if this enemy is crushed beyond salvation. The IDF has to be the one to decide when the time is right to stop the bombing of Gaza.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:19 PM pickythinker Says:

Reply to #7  
SatmarChassid Says:

Cant Trust the Zionists. Hashem Yishmor

So go live in gaza.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM Eagle Says:

Cease fire only if and when the Hammas terrorists surrender to face charges for their criminal acts, until then NO CEASE FIRE!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM BELZER Says:

Reply to #7  
SatmarChassid Says:

Cant Trust the Zionists. Hashem Yishmor

maybe its true that you cant trust the zionists but to be friendly with people that have yiddish blood on their hands thats the part i dont understand. I dont think thats what your rebbi meant. Being against zionisim is not the same as supporting murders. Hashem Yishmor

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 09:16 PM esther Says:

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Eagle Says:

Cease fire only if and when the Hammas terrorists surrender to face charges for their criminal acts, until then NO CEASE FIRE!

we all want to see hamas obliterated,however we in america still have to remember that it's not our sons going off to battle.naturally,israelis may not be so gung ho about battle. the Aibishter should protect all his children especially our holy soldiers!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 01:36 AM mugsisme Says:

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BELZER Says:

maybe its true that you cant trust the zionists but to be friendly with people that have yiddish blood on their hands thats the part i dont understand. I dont think thats what your rebbi meant. Being against zionisim is not the same as supporting murders. Hashem Yishmor

Well said. I think you speak for a lot of us.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:49 AM Yawvous Says:

The Gazan community have a poor credit record.They received their territory and have not kept their end of the deal. In the modern world, that means that the bank has then rights of repossession. Why is that so difficult for the world to understand?Israel is now laying down the law- we must make the repossessions, the proper eviction of bad tenents and emtying the area of the misfits in order to bring back quiet.All those who do not heed the rules are participants. Period

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