Hamas proposes 1-year ceasefire, Turkish border monitors

Hamas proposed to Egyptian mediators that Turkish and European monitors be present at the border crossings, and rejected Israelis.

Hamas proposes 1-year ceasefire, Turkish border monitors
A Hamas official said on Sunday Hamas has proposed to Egyptian mediators a one-year ceasefire with Israel, but Israel wants an 18-month ceasefire with Hamas.

"Hamas listened to the Israeli proposal presented by (Israeli Defence Ministry official) Amos Gilad, and with it a proposal for a ceasefire for a year and a half, but Hamas presented a counterproposal of one year only," Ayman Taha told reporters in Cairo after talks with Egyptian intelligence officials.

Taha reiterated the group's calls for a total lifting of the blockade imposed on the impoverished and destroyed Gaza Strip by Israel and Egypt.

"It (Hamas) called for a complete lifting of the blockade and an opening of all the crossings," Taha said.

Hamas proposed to Egyptian mediators that Turkish and European monitors be present at the border crossings, and rejected Israelis, Israeli monitoring was a large part of the problem, Taha said, Reuters reported.

Asked if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's forces would be present at the crossings, Taha said: "Hamas is the existing government in Gaza."

Commenting on the talks, Hamas's representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, told Al Jazeera satellite television on Sunday that Hamas would not alter its positions to Israel's interest.

"The Israelis must understand that they will not achieve through politics what they failed to do militarily," Hamdan said.

Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.


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