News, March 2008
Israeli military officials: Targeting of Gaza will stop if homemade shells stop
Monday March 10, 2008 16:44 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News
Israeli media sources reported on Monday that the
Israeli occupation government has instructed the army to stop attacking
the Gaza Strip if the Palestinian resistance do not shoot homemade
shells from the strip toward nearby Israeli towns.
'New rules of the game' put restraint on Israeli army actions against Gaza
Monday March 10, 2008 10:50 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli media reports said Monday that 'new
rules of the game', have put restraint on Israeli army actions against
the Gaza Strip, however, there has been no agreement with the ruling
Hamas over there.
Nasr: No calm reached with Israel
[ 10/03/2008 - 10:59 AM ]
Mohamed Nasr, a member of the Hamas political bureau, categorically denied that his Movement had reached an agreement on a truce with the Israeli occupation through Egypt, adding that there would be no calm of any kind with Israel unless it was comprehensive, reciprocal and simultaneous.
Nasr underlined that Egypt are making efforts to reach a truce formula that takes into account the demands of both parties, but these efforts are obstructed by Israel, pointing out that Egypt had been able to achieve a calm in 2005, but Israel did not respect this calm and continued its aggression since then.
The Hamas leader renewed Hamas's refusal to return to the 2005 agreement concerning the management of crossings which was signed by Muhammed Dahlan because it turns Gaza into a big prison and the Rafah crossing into a gate of this prison locked and opened at will by Israel; besides, the agreement is no longer legally valid.
The Hamas leader doubted Israel's seriousness to reach calm with the Palestinians because Israel does not want the Palestinian people to sign an agreement with it as its equals, but it always wants them to be in a weak position.
In the same context, Suleiman Awwad, the spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, stated on Sunday that Amos Gilad, the delegate of Israeli war ministry, visited Egypt to listen to its assessment of the truce issue and the results of contacts with Hamas in this regard.
Awwad told the Egyptian Middle East News Agency that the Gilad's visit came within the framework of the efforts exerted by Egypt to reach a truce between the Palestinians and the Israelis, to lift the siege and alleviate the Palestinian people's suffering especially in Gaza.
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