Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hamas: Ending arms smuggling not part of truce

Well, gee, what a surprise. Oh, and Islamic Jihad says that the cease-fire agreement was "temporary and partial".
(JPost) The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday.

Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue.

Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups.

The Hamas official claimed that Israel was behind the reports "to cover up for its defeat."

In a related development, Ziad Nakhalah, deputy head of Islamic Jihad, told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that the cease-fire agreement was "temporary and partial."

He said that Islamic Jihad would not be able to live with the agreement for ever "as if matters were normal."