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Hamas: Unilateral Israeli withdrawal does not commit us to anything
Published Saturday 02/08/2014 (updated) 04/08/2014 12:09
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Saturday that a unilateral Israeli withdrawal would not "commit" the group to anything, stressing that Hamas was ready to continue fighting if necessary.

The comments come after top Israeli officials said that they were no longer willing to take part in negotiations, stressing that any decision on the assault on Gaza would be taken unilaterally.

Abu Zuhri, however, said in a statement that an Israeli unilateral retreat would not "commit" the group to anything, highlighting that the situation in the "field" would determine how Hamas responds to such a move.

"The resistance could fight on despite the fact that they have been fighting for 27 days," Abu Zuhri added.

Abu Zuhri also said that Israel has to pay the price for its actions, adding: "They either stay in Gaza and pay the price, unilaterally retreat and pay, or negotiate and pay."

Israel refused to take part in planned ceasefire talks on Friday, after a 72-hour cease was scuttled in its early hours after Israeli forces killed 16 people immediately beforehand and moved deeper into Gaza.

The move provoked a Hamas operation that killed two soldiers, with Israel saying another soldier was captured but Hamas denying any knowledge.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
02/08/2014 21:21
Hamas' only commitment is to its own selfish, unattainable goals.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/08/2014 21:36
Hamas is committed to jihad, therefore they are committed to attacking Israel again and again no matter how many Gazans will die.

3 ) J / E
03/08/2014 00:27
#1: Yeah, who the hell are they to ask for freedom?! Remember how Israel has obtained it too? Stop being a hypocrite. #2: You had a chance to make peace, but that's not what Israel wants. Israel wants an eternal enemy to scare the citizens, just like the US's War on Terror. If you can't see through it, you are not as smart as you think. Hamas is at best an annoyance for Israel, but it's used heavily to scare Israelis and divert their attention from all the internal issues that you have.

4 ) jhon / uk
03/08/2014 01:31
I'm fed up of reading dumb USA zionist commentating, we all know that illegal terrorist zionist state lies through their teeth and enjoy killing innocent children. I hope the idf get what they deserve!

5 ) Humanitarian / Indonesia
03/08/2014 01:42
It is unfortunate that so many innocent people have been affected. Hamas should accept defeat so that Palestinian People can live in peace.

6 ) Mel's sister / Usa
03/08/2014 02:08
#2 Brian, if peace is ever achieved what will you do, curl up & wither away?

7 ) Jake_shwartz / USA
03/08/2014 02:34
Tired of Israelis repeating what the nazis did! Burn in hell! Waste of my tax payer money killing children!

8 ) ian / australia
03/08/2014 02:55
(contd.) occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza and a Palestinian state in the occupied territories and he has expressed it in ten entirely reasonable.demands (like freedom to pray at the Aqsa). And if you were decent (you and your little friend #1) and not a thoroughly unscrupulous skirmishing apologist for war crimes and general Israeli EVIL, you'd admit it.

9 ) Maria Corsey / USA
03/08/2014 04:16
It appears Hamas has far too many sub divisions within it's own group to come up with a plan,that will actually be a success in holding off the Israeli's.

10 ) Frank / usa
03/08/2014 05:19
The goal is to lift the blockade of Gaza, as has been repeated time and time again. This is goal is neither selfish nor unattainable. Gaza can not continue as it was before the war, things have to change and the innocents victims of Israeli atrocities can not have died in vain.

11 ) Luna / Earth
03/08/2014 06:12
Lol anybody else see the irony of the two blatantly ignorant comments above being from Israel AND the USA?

12 ) ian / australia
05/08/2014 00:58
#2 "Hamas is committed to jihad, therefore they are committed to attacking Israel again and again no matter how many Gazans will die." If you were honest, Brian, you'd admit that that's a lie and known by you to be a lie, but as you're not, you won't. But why not believe Khaled Meshaal about what Hamas is "committed to" rather than making it up? He's very clear. And it's not the destruction of Israel or the extermination of Jews. Or an Islamic state from river to sea. Or "jihad". It's an end to

13 ) ian / australia
05/08/2014 00:59
(contd.) the illegal occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza and a Palestinian state in the occupied territories and he has expressed it in ten entirely reasonable demands (like freedom to pray at al-Aqsa). And if you were at all decent (you and your far gone little friend #1) and not a thoroughly unscrupulous skirmishing apologist for war crimes and general Israeli EVIL, you'd admit it.
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