General Framework on Ceasefire Must Satisfy Demands of Palestinian Resistance

Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan recently spoke about the talks taking place to achieve a ceasefire and overcome Israel's obstructions. The Palestinian Information Centre reports that according to Hamas, Israel is obstructing talks for a ceasefire and prisoner exchange because its interest is only the exchange of prisoners nothing more.

Hamdan said that Israel only wants to exchange prisoners, while the resistance demands an end to the aggression on Gaza once and for all and an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in addition to allowing in aid, starting reconstruction, and returning the displaced to their homes. Hamdan stressed that any prisoner exchange deal should come within this context. He explained on March 1 that there will not be a detailed exchange of information on prisoner exchange until a general framework of an agreement that satisfies the demands of the resistance movement is reached. Until now, the Israelis are still obstructing the negotiation process and trying to gain more time, and their philosophy throughout this path is to ensure the continuation of the aggression on the Gaza Strip, Hamdan said. The Hamas leader also said that U.S. President Joe Biden is not a mediator, but rather a partner in the aggression. He may have bet on the Israelis to eliminate the resistance, but he failed, Hamdan said.

This article was published in
Volume 54 Number 16 - March 5, 2024

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