Hamas’ political leader Khaled Meshal. (AP)
* A Hudna? But of course! When the Muslims are weak, they are perfectly within their rights to call for a hudna, a temporary cease-fire that allows them to regroup. But that doesn’t mean that the attacks on Israel have to be halted,Â it only means that the Jews are not allowed to retaliate.
Hamas’ political leader Khaled Meshal on Saturday said the Palestinian militant group would accept an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire with Israel but it would only be a “tactic” in the group’s conflict with Israel.
“It is a tactic in conducting the struggle – It is normal for any resistance that operates in its people’s interest… to sometimes escalate, other times retreat a bit,” Meshal said in an interview with pan-Arab Al-Jazeera television.
“The battle is to be run this way and Hamas is known for that,” he added.Â
Cease-fire is a tactic, “it is normal for any resistance that operates in its people’s interest … to sometimes escalate, other times retreat a bit.”
The Hamas leader said his group was ready to cooperate in the six-month truce Egypt had proposed a between the Hamas rulers of Gaza and Israel. He also warned of an explosion of violence in Gaza if Israel rejected the truce.
Earlier on Saturday, Meshal said Hamas is awaiting an Israeli response to the proposed truce. He made the comments speaking to reporters in Doha.
Meshal said the Palestinian militant group requested that Egypt provide a document with Israel’s agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the truce, among them the opening of the Gaza Strip border crossings.
The Damascus-based Hamas leader added that the group’s leadership would convene following Jerusalem’s reply in order to decide how to respond to the Egyptian initiative.
On Friday, Israel dismissed a proposal by Hamas to call a conditional six-month truce in the Gaza Strip, calling it a ruse aimed at allowing the Islamist group to recover from recent fighting.
“Hamas is biding time in order to rearm and regroup. There would be no need for Israel’s defensive actions if Hamas would cease and desist from committing terrorist attacks on Israelis,” a spokesman from the Prime Minister’s Office, David Baker said.
“To Israel’s dismay, Hamas is not serious. It’s playing games, trying to buy time in order to regroup and rearm,” said Baker.
Â Trusting a Muslim to protect us from the soldiers of Allah is not a good idea:
Head Of UN Nuclear Monitoring Agency ElBaradei Casts Blame On Israel And US For Destroying Clandestine Syrian-North Korean Nuke Facility
IAEA head ElBaradei, who is
human Muslim, criticized Israel on Friday for bombing a Syrian nuclear facility he had no clue about and he chastised the U.S. for withholding information about the site from him. More HERE.
“The Director General deplores the fact that this information was not provided to the Agency in a timely manner, in accordance with the Agency’s responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to enable it to verify its veracity and establish the facts,” ElBaradei’s office said.
Additionally, “the Director General views the unilateral use of force by Israel as undermining the due process of verification that is at the heart of the non-proliferation regime,” it said.
ElBaradei did not criticize North Korea or Syria in his statement.