Daily Israel Report

As Lull Ticks Away, Hamas Says 'All Options are Open'

Terror group still won't give up its demands for sea and air ports. Ceasefire ends at midnight.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/13/2014, 6:11 PM

Palestinian child holds bullets in Gaza
Palestinian child holds bullets in Gaza
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Hours before the ceasfire between Israel and Hamas is scheduled to end, Hamas said that it will not agree to lengthen the lull unless "real progress" is made in the negotiations being held in Cairo.

"We face decisive hours,” said a Hamas spokesman. “All options are open at the moment.”

Hamas continues to insist that it be allowed to construct a sea port and an international airport in Gaza. Sources in the terror militia said that it is up to its leader, Khaled Meshaal, to decide if he is willing to forego these demands. If not, they clarified, the indirect talks with Israel may come to an end.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman met local authority chiefs in the Hof Ashkelon region Wednesday and said that Israel will not accept any deal that does not include the return of the bodies of soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

"If the other side does not accept this and will not be willing to return the bodies as part of the arrangement, they have to understand that they will get back the bodies of Mohammed Deif, Ismail Haniyeh and other senior officials in Gaza. We will not accept any arrangement without the return of the bodies of the soldiers to Israel.”