Hamas Obligates to Maintain Truce

Days after leaked documents on five-year-ceasefire deal, Hamas official talks truces, slams PA for 'stealing' Gaza aid money.

Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar ,

Khalil al-Hayya (r) with Fatah's Nabil Shaath
Khalil al-Hayya (r) with Fatah's Nabil Shaath
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Senior Hamas politburo official Khalil al-Hayya said in a conference in Gaza's Khan Younis on Friday that Hamas and the other local terrorist organizations are obligated to keeping the ceasefire reached at the end of Operation Protective Edge last summer.

"We aren't lovers of war, and if the occupation will stick to the truce deal, we will obligate to it (the deal - ed.)," said al-Hayya.

The statement comes after documents were leaked on Monday, revealing talks between Hamas and Israel for a five-year ceasefire.

Reports of those talks were strengthened by the Palestinian Authority (PA) revealing two days later that Israel decided to allow Portland cement into Gaza, reversing its ban on the dual-use materials despite evidence that Hamas is using such materials to rebuild its terror tunnel infrastructure. The leaked documents indicated Hamas was demanding an ease of imports as part of the ceasefire extension.

Al-Hayya also attacked the PA, Hamas's "unity partners," accusing them of destroying the Gaza reconstruction project out of a desire to receive half of the international aid meant to rebuild Gaza for its own budget.

The Hamas leader claimed that the world understands that the PA is responsible for the delay in rebuilding Gaza, and expressed hope that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain would held push the reconstruction ahead.

Al-Hayyat also targeted PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, slamming him for sticking to agreements with Israel - even amid the PA's open breaches of the Oslo Accords - despite that Israel isn't agreeing to establish a Palestinian state.

According to the Hamas official, Abbas isn't interested in true partnership with Hamas and solving disagreements between the groups, including the wage dispute over the payment of Hamas employees, saying Abbas is going along with the tides of the Arab world and hoping Islamist organizations will weaken, and likewise is waiting to see the results of Israeli elections.