A spokesman for Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri, has said that “indirect talks on a cease-fire with Israel have been suspended.
Since last August, reports indicated that Israel and Hamas were conducting negotiations through Egypt and the UN to reach a truce agreement and a solution to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, after several months of tension at the border. However, publicly, officials on both sides have consistently denied such rapprochements.
The terrorist group official pointed to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, as responsible for the collapse of negotiations between Hamas and Israel because of his fierce opposition to them, the Ynet site reported.
Hamas and Fatah, the political party that controls the Palestinian Authority, have been at odds since 2007, when the terrorist group took the Strip by force and expelled Abbas’ party from the area. Attempts at reconciliation have been unsuccessful ever since.
Zuhri said in his statement that, Hamas will increase the scale of the weekly “Great Return March” demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border that have not ceased since last March.
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, more than 170 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 20,000 injured during the violent demonstrations in the past few months.
The spokesman for the terrorist group has also pledged that Hamas will not endorse Abbas’ speech in his next address to the UN General Assembly this Thursday in New York. Similarly, he ruled out any possible upcoming meeting with Fatah.