Since the Hamas took over Gaza Strip, in 07/2007, cease fire talks between Hamas and Israel, through the Egyptian Minister for Intelligence Affairs, Omar Suleiman (picture), are taking place, on and off. There are three issues on the table:
The border crossing of Rafah with Egypt
and the Hamas demands to open it, without any direct or indirect supervision of Israel
, for free movement of goods and people.
The fate of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit
, kidnapped on 06/25/2006, from a military post within Israeli borders with Gaza Strip. Both sides agreed on the number of 450 Palestinian prisoners that will be released in exchange for
Gilad Shalit. The Hamas handed over a list of the 450 most heinous and dangerous prisoners Israel
, although agreed on the number, rejected the list.
The demand of the Hamas to extend the cease fire to the West Bank
too. The Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas
is keeping his office only thanks to daily Israeli military activity against Hamas cells in the West-Bank. The Hamas demand means that Israel
suppose to stay aside when Hamas regroups and reorganizes in the West Bank, 6 km away from its only international Ben-Gourion Airport
, and allows the Hamas to take over the West Bank as they did in Gaza
. A demand that Israel
cannot except under any circumstances.
Last week, another delegation of Hamas and other organizations traveled to Cairo
in yet another attempt to reach a cease fire and improve the life of the ordinary people in Gaza
. Hamas agreed to postpone the demand to extend the cease fire to the Palestinian West Bank for six months if Israel
will commit itself to such an extension should the first half year commence quietly.
On Thursday 04/29/2008 night, the Gaza Palestinian delegation added another condition – to join Syria
to the bilateral indirect talks with Israel
are fully coordinated on that matter and the actual meaning of the new demand is to involve, indirectly, Iran
in the talks.
are indifferent about the hardship of the ordinary people in Gaza
. Many of their own citizens are living in similar conditions. On the contrary, the international community is blaming Israel
for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza
, which helps to de-legitimize Israel
. For Iran
and Syria Gaza Strip is just a tool, one of many, in the broader conflict with USA
and the “Zionists”.
The new Hamas demands integrate Gaza
in the “axis of evil” on the expense of the ordinary Gaza
people and channel the cease fire talks in Cairo, Egypt
, to a dead end.
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