A senior official from the militant Islamic Hamas group said on Sunday that Hamas and four other Palestinian groups rejected Egypt’s proposal for a comprehensive ceasefire with Israel, key to reviving Middle East peace talks.
”Our final response along with the four other factions is we are not ready to declare a new ceasefire,” Hamas official Mohammed Nazzal told reporters in Cairo after three days of truce talks.
”We will present this response later today to the Egyptians and to the rest of the factions. And this is final,” he said.
”(Egyptian intelligence chief) Omar Suleiman told the factions during the meeting that only halting attacks against civilians was insufficient and he requested that they reconsider their position and accept a comprehensive ceasefire.”
Palestinian factions earlier said they had agreed to halt suicide attacks in Israel. Israeli officials rejected the reported deal, which did not include ending attacks on Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers on occupied land, as a ”halfway measure” that would not prevent Israel’s military from acting.