Hamas says Gaza disaster linked to Jerusalem

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a temporary assertion on Oct. 6, the Palestinian Hamas motion denied media stories {that a} long-term truce has been reached with Israel throughout talks with Egyptian officers in Cairo.

A delegation of high-ranking Hamas officers arrived in Cairo on Oct. three for talks with Egypt’s intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, on the newest developments within the Palestinian area.

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After the assembly, Hamas stated in a press release that the talks had centered on the problem of Jerusalem, a prisoner change deal, a truce with Israel and Israeli inflexibility.

The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed information web site reported Oct. 5 that Yaron Blum, the Israeli coordinator for negotiating the return of prisoners of struggle and people gone lacking in motion, had arrived in Cairo on Sept. 30 forward of the Hamas delegation’s go to. According to the report, Blum submitted to Egypt Israel’s define for a prisoner swap deal. 

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Hamas chief Mahmoud Mardawi advised Al-Monitor that the motion got here to Cairo to debate such developments because the group of basic elections in addition to the Judaization of Jerusalem, the repeated raids into Al-Aqsa Mosque and the remedy of prisoners in Israeli prisons, in addition to a prisoner change deal and a long-term truce between Hamas and Israel. 

According to Mardawi, Egypt vowed to strain Israel to fulfill the provisions of the truce reached after the newest escalation in Gaza in May, specifically permitting the reconstruction course of, permitting the entry of Qatari support into Gaza and establishing improvement tasks to ease the financial circumstances within the besieged enclave.

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“The resistance in Gaza cannot stand in silence while the Israeli occupation renounces its obligations,” Mardawi warned.

He identified that Palestinian factions in Gaza are utilizing well-liked resistance strategies on the border fence with Israel to strain the latter to adjust to the agreements after Egyptian mediation has failed.

Mardawi stated Hamas is absolutely ready to conclude a prisoner change take care of the Israeli aspect on the situation that Israel releases dozens of prisoners who have been rearrested after being freed within the 2012 Gilad Shalit change deal. He additionally stated Hamas refuses to hyperlink a swap take care of the truce file, saying calm in Gaza is determined by Israel offering actual facilitations to the enclave. He added that he expects the approaching weeks to witness a breakthrough within the reconstruction course of because of Egyptian mediation. 

Ibrahim al-Madhoun, a political analyst near Hamas, advised Al-Monitor, “The main reason behind failing to reach a long-term truce in Gaza is Israel’s refusal to link the Gaza file to the ongoing violations in the West Bank and Jerusalem.” 

He stated, “Hamas refuses to treat Gaza issues as apart from the overall Palestinian cause. The movement will not stand idle if Israel continues to attack Palestinians wherever they are.”

Husam al-Dajani, a professor of political science at al-Ummah University, advised Al-Monitor, “A long-term truce may not be welcomed by some Palestinian factions or by regional and international parties that are involved in the Gaza Strip.” He added, “Hamas will not accept a truce that does not include facilitations to the Gaza Strip, including building a port and airport, establishing development projects and guaranteeing free trade movement.”

But regardless of these challenges, Dajani believes a truce could be reached with the assistance of American and worldwide strain on the Israeli aspect.

He identified, “Israel is ready to pay a price in exchange for calm in Gaza, which was made clear after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid presented his so-called ‘economy for security’ plan that includes economic facilitations to Gaza in exchange for calm.”

Dajani believes the 2 sides might reach an settlement on a prisoner-exchange deal if Israel makes concessions on releasing prisoners it considers terrorists that Hamas insists be a part of any swap deal. 

“But no progress will be made in this file unless there is international and American pressure on Israel,” he stated. “Egyptian pressure on the Israeli government on this issue will not be enough if it is not coupled with pressure from the international community.”

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