Hamas says its Finger Remains ‘on the Trigger’, No Agreement to Extend Ceasefire

Egyptian Army soldiers guard gates of Sinai Gaza closed border crossing, May 20, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian Army soldiers guard gates of Sinai Gaza closed border crossing, May 20, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Hamas warned Wednesday that it would resume its attacks on Israel unless Jerusalem accepts all Palestinian demands, first and foremost the lifting of the siege and release of prisoners who were rearrested in the West Bank.

The warning came as representatives of the two groups held additional talks in Cairo with Egyptian officials on ways of solidifying the 72-hour cease-fire, which began Tuesday morning.

Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, said that the Palestinian delegation to the Cairo discussions, which also consisted of representatives of Fatah and other Palestinian factions, claimed that the US was exerting pressure on the Palestinians to agree to the extension of the cease-fire “in order to save Israel’s reputation.”

Hamdan told the Al Jazeera TV network that the “options of the Palestinian resistance groups are open if there is no progress” in the talks.

He said that the Palestinian groups have sent a message to Israel that “our finger is still on the trigger” if the Palestinian demands are not met.

“Our rockets are still ready to hit all areas [inside Israel],” he added.

According to senior official Musa Abu Marzouk, “There is no agreement to extend the 72-hour cease-fire.”

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SOURCE: KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Jerusalem Post