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Islamic Jihad to end ceasefire if leader banned from Gaza
Published Sunday 09/12/2012 (updated) 11/12/2012 12:19
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad will not adhere to a Nov. 21 ceasefire deal to end recent violence in Gaza if the group's secretary-general is banned from entering the coastal enclave by Israel, a senior group official said Sunday.

"We had hoped that Dr. Shalah could have visited Gaza accompanied by Hamas leader Mashaal, but the Israeli occupier had a different opinion," Jihad official Khalid al-Batsh said during a public meeting in Gaza.

The Islamist movement will not accept the Egyptian-mediated truce deal as long as leader Ramadan Shalah is prevented from entering the Gaza Strip, al-Batsh added.

"We want Palestinian unity, national reconciliation and we want to see unity embodied when Shalah and the Palestinian Authority’s president Mahmoud Abbas visit the Gaza Strip along with all resistance factions," the official said.

"After that we will focus our efforts on our enemy."

Israel threatened to assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah if he enters the Gaza Strip, causing the party to reconsider a planned visit, sources said Thursday.

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.

Israel launched an 8-day assault on Gaza that ended Nov. 21 with a ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/12/2012 21:22
So now Islamic Jihad won't observe the ceasefire...which would be why Israel announced the ban. They want to bait someone into 'breaking' the cease fire. Israel doesn't observe it herself -- but that goes without saying. The important point is to provoke someone else into 'breaking' it. Then Israel can go back to killing. An election's coming up: Israel has to kill.

2 ) EE / UK
09/12/2012 23:29
He is scared to enter Gaza, really scared.

3 ) Filipe / Portugal
10/12/2012 01:36
Either this requirement was a part of the ceasefire agreement or it wasn't. Since there is no mention of it her or anywhere else, I can only conclude it's last minute add-on which the Israelis have balked at. After all, it was highly publicized they gave Meshaal a free pass.

4 ) John Hillary / New Zealand
10/12/2012 01:43
Wrong heading. Israel broke the ceasefire by their threat to end it if Islamic Jihad leader entered Gaza. Haaretz got it right: "Israel threatens to cancel Hamas truce if Islamic Jihad leaders enter Gaza".

5 ) gabi / australia
10/12/2012 02:02
well, they let him in but now after his speech they will say they are entitled to kill him (and anyone else who happens to be around him at the time.) Israel will say that his speech shows there is no true partner for peace and the world will agree, FORGETTING that the Likud charter says the same but in reverse - no Pal. state no divided Jerusalem Israel's eastern border ends at the Jordan. Meshaal says Palestine exists from the river to the sea - and the Likud charter says the same for Israel.

6 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
10/12/2012 02:27
@ 1), Unless we agreed in the ceasefire to allow unrestricted travel or visitation by anyone into and out of Gaza (we didn't), we have every right and reason to ban anyone. This is NOTHING new. All factions were WELL aware of this when the ceasefire took effect. Our bans on particular people have always been understood by all Palestinian factions ever since our blockade was implemented (by sea OR land). We don't "BAIT" or provoke. Your elections excuse for killing is Grade-A barf upchuck.

7 ) Outlier / USA
10/12/2012 02:49
Agreement made and not kept - typical Islamic Jihad.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/12/2012 00:44
To gabi #5: 'well, they let him in but now after his speech they will say they are entitled to kill him...' When, oh when, will you wrap your head around a simple fact? This is Planet Israel we're talking about. Israel is always entitled to kill -- any time, any place, any one. Moral laws -- let alone legal ones -- DO NOT APPLY to Israel. Get it straight.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/12/2012 00:47
Re Outlier #7 'Agreement made and not kept - typical Islamic Jihad.' Israel threatens to break the cease fire and it's Islamic Jihad that's violating it. Typical Zionism.

10 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
16/12/2012 19:43
I hope that these words were spoken rashly - there must be a better way to find a way out of this situation. Threatening rockets is the Israeli way - always force and fear. Why stoop to this self-defeating level ?
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