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Hamas, Jihad Deny Striking ‘Long-Term’ Truce with Israel

Hamas, Jihad Deny Striking ‘Long-Term’ Truce with Israel

Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 - 09:00
A missile launched from Israel's Iron Dome defense system seen from Gaza City in November. (AFP)

The Palestinian Hamas and Jihad movements denied that they had held discussions about striking a “long-term” truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas rejected media claims that such a deal was in the works, labeling them as “fabrications” and “lies”.

This issue was never discussed during the movement’s talks with mediators, it added in a statement.

“Such claims are part of a campaign to tarnish Hamas’ image in wake of its resistance program,” it charged. “We do not rule out the possibility that they are being made to cover up dangerous concessions.”

Any talks over national affairs can only take place within national consensus and political partnership, stressed Hamas.

Jihad official Khaled al-Batsh made similar denials, saying the talks of a long-term truce were not discussed during recent meetings with mediators in Cairo.

“We stressed the need to halt the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and to achieve unity and end the division,” he said.

Uproar over the alleged truce is aimed at sowing sedition in Palestinian ranks, he remarked.

Claims over a long-term truce emerged during Hamas and Jihad talks in Egypt following a recent flare-up in Gaza with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that negotiations over such a truce had taken place.

He revealed that his government was holding talks with Hamas to each a long-term ceasefire deal in Gaza.

Hamas had declared that last week’s Cairo talks had reached an agreement for a short-term truce.

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