Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say demands for peace have still not been met
Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
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Egyptian sources said today that Egypt will not offer any initiatives to the Israeli and Palestinian delegations to compromise in order to reach a permanent truce between both sides.
Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.
They added that the Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said the Palestinian side will demand amendments to the latest Egyptian proposal. Radwan said that Hamas refuses to postpone the creation on an international airport and port, adding that the movement will hold additional meeting with the rest of the Palestinian factions and Egyptian authorities responsible for the negotiations.
Mousa Abu Marzouk, member of the political leadership of Hamas, said that the resistance will not respond to the terms of the occupation at the negotiating table.
Hamas' foreign affairs spokesman Osama Hamdan said during a visit to Sudan that Israel has a choice: accept the terms of the Palestinian people or prepare for a prolonged war of attrition.
The Israeli and Palestinian delegations are preparing to return to Cairo, on Saturday evening, for the resumption of indirect negotiations brokered by Egypt amid expectations of an agreement to esablish a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip before the end of the 5-day truce.