Report: Hamas Agrees To Multi-Year “Cease-Fire” With Israel
I wish it were peace, but it isn’t. Peace with Israel is expressly forbidden in Hamas’ own charter and would be an affront to the very teachings of Islam. If reports of a cease-fire are true, Hamas would simply be agreeing to a “hudna” — a temporary truce with zero potential for true peace — that merely maintains a certain duration of relative calm in order to allow the terror organization to regroup and rearm for the next war with Israel. Again. And, no, it’s not a seven-year “peace treaty” that many of our hyper-futurist brothers and sisters believe will one day happen (which in all likelihood will never come to fruition). Regardless, if news coming out of Israel has anything to do with signing treaties or red heifers, it’ll get many dispensational prophecy forums buzzing …
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The sources, speaking to WND from the Gaza Strip, said Israel gave support to Egypt to accept a Hamas delegation for further talks on the proposed long-term cease-fire.
After discussions in Egypt, the Hamas delegation, headed by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, will travel to Qatar and Turkey for more input on the deal, which is being brokered by former Quartet envoy and ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Hamas sources said the current version of the truce, as accepted in theory by Hamas’s politburo, includes a Hamas pledge to stop all rocket fire from Gaza and to cease digging tunnels into Israel.
Hamas also agreed not to operate within 30 meters of the Israeli border, the sources said.
In return, the Hamas sources said, Israel agreed to allow thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to enter the Jewish state for work, a detail that cannot be confirmed with Israeli diplomatic sources.
The Hamas sources said Israel will allow for a larger ‘fishing zone’ off the Gaza coast along with a corridor to connect the Gaza coastline to international waters. Israel, however, would still monitor and inspect ships in the area.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no comment on the truce talks or the Hamas claims.
Ahmed Yusef, an adviser to Haniyeh, last weekend said significant progress had been made in reaching a long-term cease-fire.” Source – WND.
Israel Denies Holding Truce Talks With Hamas – “Israel has not held any recent ceasefire negotiations with Hamas, the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday evening, after days of reports of an imminent comprehensive agreement on removing the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip in return for a long-term truce. ‘Israel is officially clarifying that there have been no meetings with Hamas, not directly, not through another country and not through intermediaries,’ said the PMO in a statement. ‘Regarding relations with Turkey, that agreement is still far off,’ the statement added.” Read more.
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