Gaza Day 22: Hamas Threatens “We Will Continue Battle,” Meanwhile Israel Talks “Unilateral Cease Fire”

Hamas reiterated its determination to continue its attacks against Israel despite the possibility of an Israeli cabinet decision on  Saturday Night to accept a unilateral cease-fire after three weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip. 

Sami Abu Zuhri said Saturday that Hamas militants would keep fighting.

Iranian cleric calls for Israel’s Tzipi Livni to be shot

Israel Close to Declaration of Victory, Unilateral Cease Fire, No Matter What Hamas Says

Hamas “will not bow to invading forces, will not raise the white flag,” he said. “We will continue fighting despite our limited means.”
Zuhri was speaking in Istanbul where Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan said this week that israel should not be permitted in the United nations for ignoring UN resolutions.

Ghazi Hamdan, based in Gaza said Hamas has a clear vision that includes ending the “aggression,” a withdrawal of Israeli forces, an end to the siege and opening of the crossings.

“If any vision does not achieve these things, then we will continue in the battle on the ground,” he said.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces pounded dozens of Hamas targets  Saturday as the army kept up pressure on the Islamic militant group.

And Israel said its cabinet would vote Saturday night on a possible unilateral cease fire.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

From our Earlier report:
Gaza Day 22: High Expectations for Cease Fire but Fighting Rages Still

Tonight the Israel cabinet will meet to vote on a cease fire worked out by Egypt, France, Britain and others with input from Hamas and Israel.

But key to the cease fire is what Israel really wants: a Memorandum of Understanding signed yesterday by the U.S. and Isreal to prevent the rearming of Hamas by smuggling.

For two days Hamas has offered differing versions of its intentions, first agreeing to a cease fire and then rejecting provisions and continuing to send rockets into Israel.
Earlier Friday, Hamas’ Syrian-based political chief Khaled Mashaal rejected Israeli conditions for a truce and demanded an immediate opening of the besieged territory’s borders.

Mashaal  called on all Arab countries to cut ties with the Jewish state during a summit of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar.



From the Times (UK):
Under the ceasefire plan, fighting would stop immediately for 10 days, but Israeli forces would initially remain in Gaza and the border crossings into the territory would remain closed until security arrangements were made to ensure Hamas militants did not rearm.

Salam Kanaan, Save the Children’s country director, who is based in Jerusalem, said: “Save the Children is now preparing to go into Gaza as soon as crossings open and the green light is given.

“Around three quarters of a million people there are dependent on food aid. More than 3,000 women have given birth, often with little support. And there has been absolutely no support for children suffering from the stress they have been subjected to in recent weeks. We’re poised, ready to get in there and deliver fast.”

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