Hamas disarmament unlikely: Israeli FM
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman waits for his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende before a meeting in Jerusalem, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says it is unlikely for the Tel Aviv regime to reach its goal of disarming Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and other groups in the Gaza Strip anytime soon.
“Demilitarization is not realistic at the moment,” Lieberman said on Sunday, adding that nobody is currently capable of enforcing disarmament on the Palestinians in Gaza.
The Israeli minister also said he doubted that the current Gaza ceasefire would hold over the long term, saying, “Any ceasefire, in my opinion, will be limited in time.”
Lieberman, who spoke ahead of a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, added that Israel’s immediate challenge was the reconstruction of civilian infrastructure in Gaza without allowing money or material to reach Hamas.
The comments came after Israel’s recent war on Gaza ended on August 26 with an Egyptian-brokered truce, which took effect after indirect negotiations between representatives of the two sides of the conflict in Cairo. The deal stipulates the ease of Israel’s blockade of Gaza as well as the provision of a guarantee that Palestinian demands will be met.
Israel started pounding the blockaded enclave in early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Palestinian land. Some 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and elderly people, were killed in the Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip. Around 11,000 others were injured.
Tel Aviv says 72 Israelis were killed, but Hamas puts the number at much higher.