Hamas: Israel will not determine the rules of the game

Hamas leadership stresses its determination to prevent Israel from exercising military freedom.

Dalit Halevi ,

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
Reuters

Hamas’ political bureau on Wednesday evening released the document summarizing the four-day meeting it held in Gaza.

The meeting marked the first time that the entire membership of the Hamas political bureau convened, including its representatives abroad.

The main decisions approved by the Hamas leadership include: Denying Israel's ability to impose new rules of conflict in Gaza, the rejection of any renunciation of weapons and the resistance against Israel, as well as the "resolute opposition to any plot to eliminate the refugee problem."

At the same time, Hamas announced that it would be ready for indirect negotiations on a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

Reports last week indicated that a deal between Israel and Hamas would involve a long-term cessation of hostilities in exchange for a significant easing of the Jewish state's economic blockade of Gaza.

An agreement could allow international donors to fund a series of programs including electricity and water network upgrades in Gaza.

It could also cover a prisoner exchange with Hamas which holds the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two soldiers killed in 2014 during the counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge.

On Tuesday, a senior Hamas official said in an interview with the Turkish news agency Anadolu that an agreement would be reached by the end of the month.




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