Haniyeh: Hamas is Committed to Gaza Ceasefire

Hamas leader says his group remains committed to the agreements reached at the end of Operation Protective Edge.

Ben Ariel, Canada,

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday that his group remains committed to the agreements reached in Cairo at the end of Operation Protective Edge last summer and will continue to meet them, as long as Israel continues to do so as well.

Speaking in an interview with Hamas’s television channel, Haniyeh added that over the last two days the Egyptians intervened to maintain quiet in Gaza and to prevent a deterioration in the region.

The comments follow several terror-related incidents on the Gaza border, the most serious of which left an Israeli soldier in critical condition on Wednesday morning after a gunfight erupted on the border.

Last weekend, Gaza terrorists fired a rocket at Israel last Friday in a breach of the truce with Israel, in at least the third such rocket attack since the ceasefire that ended Operation Protective Edge in August.

Israel responded to both attacks, eliminating a senior Hamas terrorist in response to Wednesday’s attack. In response to the rocket attack, the IAF struck Gaza concrete factories used to rebuild the terror tunnels leading into Israel and built to attack Israeli civilians.

Hamas has denied that the sniper who carried out Wednesday morning's attack against IDF soldiers was one of its members, but Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon made clear that Israel holds Hamas responsible for anything that happens in Gaza and would firmly respond to any violations of the ceasefire.

Haniyeh’s comments follow those of senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk, who said last week that the terrorist group was committed to the ceasefire reached with Israel at the end of Operation Protective Edge.

“We in Hamas are committed to the ceasefire, as long as Israel is,” Abu Marzouk wrote on Facebook, adding, “We of course know the enemy has hostile policies. It's violating all what we agreed upon during indirect talks mediated by Egypt.”

“Israel has repeatedly violated the ceasefire agreement; those violations must end,” Abu Marzouk said.

“In general, should the enemy be committed to ceasefire, then we are also committed; the latest bombardment came after a shell was fired into Ashkelon,” he stated. “We are working with all resistance groups to remain committed to ceasefire so that we don’t give the enemy a chance to bombard border areas, or other areas in Gaza.”

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