In their time-honored tradition of ‘never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity,’ Palestinians turn down a great peace proposal that should never have been offered to them in the first place. Hamas reportedly rejected a comprehensive, 11-clause long term ceasefire proposal on Saturday. Egypt has warned that this proposal will be its final effort to secure a lasting end to the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Breitbart According to details leaked by Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk, the 11-clause proposal contained several key concessions to the Palestinian delegation, including the opening of border crossings between Israel and Gaza, the elimination of the so-called “buffer zones” along the Israel-Gaza border, the extension of the fishing zone to 12 miles off the Gazan coast, and the assistance of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding the infrastructure of the Gaza Strip.
The proposal also called for negotiations to resume after a month of quiet, at which time the issues of a seaport and airport in Gaza would be discussed. Egypt has warned that its latest proposal will be its final effort, Israel Radio reported on Friday.
Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan said the Egyptian proposal did not meet the needs of the Palestinian people.
Another member of the Palestinian delegation, Bassam Salhi, said progress was being made in the negotiations but put the chance of a long-term ceasefire agreement at “no greater than 50%,” according to Ynet News.
The armed military wing of Hamas, the Iz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, tweeted the following message on Saturday night, vowing to “continue the struggle.”
“We are continuing our struggle. ALLAH IS OUR GOAL, THE PROPHET IS OUR LEADER, JIHAD IS OUR WAY, AND DEATH FOR ALLAH IS OUR MOST EXALTED WISH”
— Al-Qassam Brigades (@Qassam_English) August 16, 2014
Terror wing of ‘moderate’ Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah displays massive arsenal in Gaza video after taking part in Hamas war, vows to increase attacks.
INN Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, often touted internationally as a “moderate” alternative to Hamas, has declared its intentions to further increase its terror attacks against Israeli citizens. A new video released to YouTube by Fatah’s “military wing,” the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, declares the unity of Fatah’s various military branches, and announces a recent decision to strengthen Fatah’s military activities.
As demonstrated by the armed presence in Gaza, Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades has reportedly taken an active part in the terror war being fought against Israel from Gaza, joining Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror organizations against Israel during Operation Protective Edge. In Judea and Samaria, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades have likewise declared “open war” on the Jewish state.
While there has been a common perception globally that Abbas’s Fatah is somehow more “moderate” and accessible as a peace partner than Hamas or other alternative groups, Fatah has been open about its goals to destroy Israel. The group just last Sunday falsely claimed to have murdered 11,000 Israelis, and has called for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel.