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Hamas: Israel threatened to cancel ceasefire over Mashaal visit
Published Saturday 08/12/2012 (updated) 10/12/2012 09:46
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israel threatened to cancel the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt if Hamas’ chief in exile and his delegation visited the Gaza Strip for the movement's 25th anniversary, says senior Hamas leader Izzat al-Rishiq.

In an interview with the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa TV Saturday, al-Rishiq said, “We received real threats that occupation could cancel the ceasefire agreement or do anything.”

Al-Rishiq highlighted that Mashaal decided to visit the Gaza Strip even at personal risk.

Describing the “historic” visit by Hamas’ leaders in exile to Gaza, he said, “This is a great view, and we are happy to set foot on the pure land of Gaza and met from the very beginning with our people.”

He added: “Our people should be more assured about resistance. Hamas is a resistance movement, and without resistance there will be no Hamas.”

On Thursday Islamic Jihad officials said Israel threatened to assassinate the leader of Islamic Jihad if he entered the Gaza Strip, causing the party to reconsider.

Egyptian authorities told Islamic Jihad that Israel rejected the visit and would target leader Ramadan Shalah and his deputy Ziad Nakhla if they went into Gaza, sources close to the discussions told Ma'an.

Islamic Jihad leaders were considering whether to cancel the visit Thursday.

Israel launched an 8-day assault on Gaza that ended Nov. 21 with a ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt.
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1 ) ian / australia
09/12/2012 22:41
#4 "He can go to jerusalem anytime he wants" Of course he can't go to Jerusalem. There are people in Bethlehem who visited the Aqsa as children before 1967 and haven't been allowed back. Why would they let him? But I have a question for you matt. Why are you so awful? You and #3, #9, #12. Look at #1 Esam / Venezuela. That is a response of simple human decency. Why is that beyond you? Even Yehuda who is stark raving mad has a kindness in him. Look at Paul /USA #6-#7 and his infinitely

2 ) ian / australia
09/12/2012 22:41
(contd.) reasonable guideline to break the deadlock based purely on a desire to see some justice for others. These people are normal matt. What is it with you?

3 ) ian / australia
10/12/2012 14:42
#1-#2 Oops! Wrong story.

4 ) Andrew / Canada
12/12/2012 16:59
Funny, in a tragic way. After the "ceasefire," Israel kills Palestinians inside Gaza, abducts dozens, attacks and sinks Gazan fishing boats inside the Oslo 20-mile limit (oops, sorry, Israel decided they'd make that a 3-mile limit instead) - and then threatens to "cancel" the ceasefire if Meshaal visits because that would be provocative??? What ceasefire?? Oh, right, the one-sided ceasefire that means Palestinians lie down and take whatever the Israelis do to them without hitting back.
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